Guinea opposition protest turns violent, up to 12 injured
Thursday’s opposition demonstration in Guinea turned violent.
Up to a dozen people were said to have been injured in clashes between ruling and opposition parties’ supporters.
Guinean opposition staged the street protest against delay in the holing of parliamentary and local elections, and to demand the dismissal of the current National Electoral Committee as well as auditing of the voters register, before the holding of parliamentary and local elections.
As WADR’s Conakry correspondent Abdourahmane Diallo reports, the authorities in Guinea had allowed the demonstration to take place.
State police were in large numbers closely monitoring what the situation.
The force remained quiet in some areas, while in other areas there were clashes between militants of the ruling party and those of the opposition, which led to injuries on both sides.
Conakry remained paralyzed for a while at the main Madina market, shops and other businesses were closed.
The demonstration took place between Anco 5 and the September 28 Stadium square, a 10-Kilometer stretch districts in the suburb of Conakry known as strongholds of opposition parties.
The main opposition leaders, except Lansana Kouyate who is out of the country, led Thursday’s protest.
The crowd chanted slogans against both the Alpha Conde government and the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Committee. Banners they carried read, “down with dictatorship and long live a united and indivisible Guinea”Tweet