Guinea Protests Turn Violent, Two People Shot

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At least two people have been injured by gunfire Monday morning during anti-government protests regarding the electoral timetable in Guinea’s capital of Conakry. According to government officials, supporters of the opposition were barricading streets and burning tires in neighborhoods around the capital. Local reports state that several eyewitnesses heard gunfire amongst the chaos.

Two people were taken to the hospital with apparent gunshot wounds. A government statement said the origin of the gunfire has yet to be determined. An additional three individuals have allegedly been shot in the Guinea’s Hamdallaye neighborhood. Moreover, government officials stated a police car had been damaged when protesters took to the streets. One officer was injured by stones being thrown by the demonstrators.

Guinea’s electoral commission said in March that the presidential election will be held on October 11, though the anti-government opposition condemns the date, stating it violates the agreement to hold council elections in the localities beforehand. After Guinea got out of a decades-long autocratic military rule regime, it has been transitioning into a more democratic nation. However, since 2010, presidential and legislative elections have been troubled by months-long violent protests.

By Alex Lemieux

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Thomson Reuters Foundation

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