One Killed At Anti-Government Protest In Guinea

 

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GUINEA –

 

 

SECURITY forces in Guinea have killed a protester and wounded four others, a medical source and witnesses have said, as opposition supporters clashed with police during anti-government rallies.

“The victim was beaten with batons by security forces,” said a hospital source in Labe, the country’s second-largest city and an opposition stronghold.

The protester’s body was carried to a regional hospital by fellow activists who cried “God is greater”, “death to the dictator” and “justice for all”, witnesses said.

Security forces also fired tear gas on Thursday to disperse demonstrators protesting against a delay in holding local elections in the West African country, residents said.

In the suburbs of the capital Conakry, young people took up positions behind makeshift barricades made from tree trunks and other debris and threw rocks at police, who responded with tear gas.

Protests earlier this month turned violent and the opposition accuses security forces of firing live rounds at protesters, wounding several people. The government denies this.

Presidential and legislative elections since 2010, when Guinea emerged from decades of military rule, have been marred by violent protests, with parties divided along ethnic lines.

The opposition accuses the government of breaking a promise it made in 2013 to hold long-delayed local elections before a presidential vote due in October this year.

President Alpha Conde told journalists during a visit to Paris on Wednesday that there were no plans to change the electoral calendar.

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