The National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC) political opposition group is calling for demonstrations to take place in the capital, Conakry, on Wednesday, October 23, and Thursday, October 24. On Wednesday, women activists from the FNDC are planning to stage a peaceful march starting at 10:00 (local time). The march will start at the Hamdallaye roundabout and end at the 28 September stadium. On Thursday, all supporters from the FNDC are expected to march down the Fidel Castro Highway and to gather from 08:00 until 15:00 (local time) in the Kaloum area. A women’s march is also reportedly being organized between the Hamdallaye roundabout and the Esplanade at the 28 September stadium. FNDC leaders are also calling for similar demonstrations to be held in all 33 prefectures.
Heightened security measures along with traffic disruptions are likely near any demonstration site. Further protests are also likely over the next several days and weeks. Clashes between protesters and security forces are probable.
At least nine people have been killed in recent opposition protests, which initially started on September 21. The FNDC organized three days of demonstrations between October 14-16, resulting in clashes between security forces and protesters. Dozens of people have also been wounded in the protests.
Opposition members allege that President Alpha Condé, who has been in power since 2010, is positioning himself to change the constitution to then run for a third presidential term in late 2020. Condé has now publicly called for constitutional change regarding presidential term limits.
Individuals in Guinea, particularly in Conakry, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, minimize movements across Conakry, remain confined during all protests and demonstrations, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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