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Guinea: Protests in Conakry erupt over electricity shortage June 29

Protests in Conakry over lack of electricity disrupt traffic on the morning of June 29; situation normalized but further outages and protests possible

29 juin 20h35 UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 29/6/2017, 12h00 until 29/6/2017, 11h59 (Africa/Conakry). COUNTRY/REGION Guinea

Event

Conakry has recently faced extended blackouts, contributing to civil unrest. Traffic was disrupted on the morning of Thursday, June 29, in the Kipé neighborhood of Conakry as protesters denounced Guinean President Alpha Condé’s response to the frequent electricity shortage. Police arrived by 9:00 (local time) and removed the barricades. An unknown number of protesters were arrested.

Additional protests are likely as periodic blackouts are expected to continue in Conakry in the coming weeks.

Context

Fewer than one in five Guineans have access to electricity, leading to lackluster economic development. Areas with connectivity to the electrical grid still experience regular blackouts, including in the capital of Conakry. Protests are not uncommon during times of electricity shortage, often leading to the blockage of streets and railroads. In 2012, a riot in the town of Kamsar lead to one death and a temporary shutdown of local mining operations.

Advice

Individuals in Guinea are advised to remain vigilant and avoid protests at all times. Anticipate potential power outages (keep devices fully charged when possible, etc.).

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