On Saturday, July 25, unidentified gunmen reportedly attacked an opposition radio station in Bissau, destroying the station's transmitter as well as equipment. The station is known to openly support the leader of the opposition African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), Domingos Simoes Pereira, the runner up in the December 2019 presidential election. The station received several threats prior to the attack. The attackers were reportedly uniformed and arrived in an unmarked vehicle. The government has condemned the attack and instigated an investigation into the incident.
Opposition protests in response to the attack may occur over the near term. Further similar attacks against the political opposition are likely over the medium term.
Opposition radio stations have been targeted by authorities in Guinea-Bissau in the past. The PAIGC closed down two branches of an opposition radio station when it was in power in 2019, with the closures coming in the months leading up to the presidential election.
Those in Guinea-Bissau are advised to maintain a heightened sense of vigilance due to the current political tensions. Heed all directives issued by local authorities and avoid any demonstrations or political gatherings due to the risk of exposure to potential incidental violence and security operations. Monitor local media sources for further information regarding the political situation and any associated security developments.
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