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15 Nov 2019 | 05:01 AM UTC

Guinea: Protester reportedly killed in Conakry November 14 /update 13

Guinea News Alert

Demonstrators clash with police in Conakry on November 14; one protester reportedly shot and killed by police officers

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/14/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/28/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Conakry). COUNTRY/REGION Conakry

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Event

Thousands of people reportedly participated in anti-government protests organized by the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC) political opposition group in the capital Conakry on Thursday, November 14. Clashes broke out between demonstrators and police officers, who used tear gas to disperse the crowds. Security officials confirmed that one protester was killed and an investigation into the incident is ongoing. Relatives of the victim claim that police officers shot him while he was attempting to flee the crackdown on the protesters.

Further demonstrations organized by the FNDC are possible over the coming days and weeks.

Context

The National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC) has organized several anti-government demonstrations since October 14, resulting in clashes between security forces and protesters. At least 14 people have been killed, including two in a protest in Conakry on November 4. 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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