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04 Nov 2019 | 05:12 PM UTC

Guinea: Ongoing protest in Conakry November 4 /update 9

Guinea News Alert

Police fire tear gas to disperse protesters in Conakry on November 4; heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/4/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/5/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Conakry). COUNTRY/REGION Conakry

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Event

According to US diplomatic authorities, a demonstration is ongoing in the Bambeto Circle area of Conakry as of the evening (local time) of Monday, November 4. Security forces have reportedly fired tear gas to disperse the protesters.

A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are anticipated in the area over the coming hours. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

At least nine people have been killed in recent opposition protests, which initially started on September 21. The National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC) political opposition group 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.

Advice

Individuals in Guinea, particularly in Conakry, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, minimize movements across Conakry, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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