Leaders of the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC) coalition have submitted plans to rally in Nzérékoré (Nzérékoré prefecture) on Thursday, June 13, to protest President Alpha Condé's potential bid to change the constitution and run for a third term in 2020. FNDC supporters are expected to gather at the Place des Martyrs at 09:00 (local time) before marching through the city. Nzérékoré’s prefect reportedly banned FNDC activities in the region on Saturday, June 8, but as of Monday, June 10, the coalition still intends to carry out the march. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are expected in Nzérékoré. Clashes between security personnel and protesters are possible, particularly if force is used to disperse the crowd.
Opposition members allege that Alpha Condé, who has been in power since 2010, is positioning himself to change the constitution so he can stand for a third term in late 2020. Condé has not openly commented on his ambitions; however, his supporters have increased their calls for constitutional change in recent months.
Individuals in Nzérékoré are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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