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15 Jan 2020 | 02:59 PM UTC

Guinea: Clashes reported at protests across Middle Guinea January 15 /update 25

US diplomatic sources report clashes at protests across Middle Guinea on January 15; heightened security presence and associated disruptions expected

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Event

US diplomatic sources have reported violent clashes between police and protesters in several cities across Middle Guinea on Wednesday, January 15. Protesters reportedly attacked and set fire to the gendarmerie and central police stations in Pita and Daka, and attacked public administration buildings in Labe, Dalaba, and Lélouma. A heightened security presence and associated transportation and business disruptions are expected in the vicinity of all demonstration sites.

Further protests are expected throughout Guinea over the near term. Violent clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

The FNDC has organized several opposition demonstrations since October 14, some of which have turned violent. Opposition members allege that President Condé, who has been in power since 2010, is positioning himself to change the constitution in order to allow him to run for a third presidential term in late 2020. President Condé publicly called for a constitutional referendum on December 19.

At least two people were reportedly killed during nationwide FNDC-organized protests on Monday, January 13.

Advice

Individuals in Guinea are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.