Guinea

Conakry (AFP) Women angered by a police crackdown on anti-government demonstrations blockaded a motorway in the Guinean capital on Thursday a day after three people were killed in a fresh round of protests. About 1,000 women, dressed in red and white, marched down the Le Prince motorway crossing the city, led by Halimatou Dalein Diallo, the wife of Cellou Dalein Diallo, who heads the country’s main opposition party, an AFP reporter saw. They chanted slogans such as “Stop targeted kilings” and “Down with police barbarity.” The opposition Union of DemocraticRead More
Conakry (AFP) Guinea’s powerful teachers’ union called off a month-long strike on Wednesday after reaching an agreement with the government on pay. The strikes have paralysed the country’s education system and fractured relations between teachers, parents and the state, while President Alpha Conde has faced criticism for allowing the industrial action to drag on. They have run in parallel to protests by the opposition Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG), one of whose supporters was killed during a demonstration on Wednesday, his family told AFP. Aboubacar Soumah, the secretaryRead More
Conakry (AFP) Two men were reportedly shot dead Wednesday during protests in the Guinean capital as the powerful teachers’ union called off a month-long strike after reaching agreement with the government on pay. The strikes have paralysed the country’s education system and fractured relations between teachers, parents and the state, while President Alpha Conde has faced criticism for allowing the industrial action to drag on. They have run in parallel to protests by the opposition Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG), two of whose supporters were killed during protests,Read More
Conakry (AFP) Police fired teargas at protesters from opposition parties in Guinea on Tuesday, while the ruling party of President Alpha Conde accused his opponents of seeking to destabilise the West African nation. The opposition Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG) has been staging protests in the capital, Conakry, since losing February 4 local elections it says were rigged. “Until they give us our stolen votes, we won’t leave the streets,” UFDG leader and former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo told AFP. Young people erected barricades in the city,Read More
Conakry (AFP) Thousands of young people erected barricades and blocked traffic in the Guinean capital Conakry on Monday with markets and schools shut as mass strikes gripped the city. A general strike was called by the Guinea General Union of Workers (UGTG) in addition to an ongoing walkout by teachers and a complete shutdown of economic activity demanded by the opposition after disputed local elections. Conakry’s biggest market, Madina, failed to open its doors along with the vast majority of businesses, as youths overturned bins and set tyres on fire,Read More
Conakry (AFP) A policeman died from a head wound on Monday sustained as people protested over delayed local election results in Guinea and teachers went on strike over pay, a police spokesman said. Thousands of young people have been demonstrating in the Guinean capital, Conakry, over the failure to announce results to the February 4 election, while a teachers’ strike has also entered its second week. “A policeman died in the disorder around Koloma (a Conakry suburb). A projectile hit him in the head,” police spokesman Mamadou Alpha Barry said.Read More
Conakry (AFP) Police have arrested at least 50 people following an arson attack that killed five children in central Guinea after last weekend’s local elections, a local official said. Unrest has flared in the West African country after the ballot, with seven deaths recorded so far across the country amid violent clashes between opposition supporters and riot police. “After the violence in Kalinko, security forces made arrests of at least 50 people who were all transferred to Faranah prison,” Mamadou Lamarana Diallo, a local official, told Guinean radio on Wednesday.Read More
Conakry (AFP) Police have arrested at least 50 people following an arson attack that killed five children in central Guinea after last weekend’s local elections, local official said Thursday. Unrest has flared in the West African country after the ballot, with seven deaths recorded so far across the country amid violent clashes between opposition supporters and riot police. “After the violence in Kalinko, security forces made arrests of at least 50 people who were all transferred to Faranah prison,” Mamadou Lamarana Diallo, a local official, told Guinean radio. Diallo saidRead More
Conakry (AFP) Five young children perished in an arson attack on Tuesday during clashes in central Guinea following weekend local elections, a government minister said. Huts and houses were set on fire in the town of Kalinko, and “five Guinean infants died in the flames”, the minister Boureima Conde said on television on Tuesday, without specifying their age or identity. Unrest flared in the West African country after Sunday’s ballot. One person was killed when opposition party supporters clashed with security forces in Guinea during vote counting on Monday, asRead More
Conakry (AFP) A Guinean minister and the international community appealed for calm on Wednesday after seven people were killed, including five young children, in violence linked to fraud allegations that marred local elections at the weekend. Sunday’s vote was the first of its kind since the end of the era of military dictatorship, and followed eight years of delays blamed on a lack of funds, political infighting and the 2013-16 Ebola crisis. But unrest has flared in the West African country after the ballot, with the death toll climbing followingRead More