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30 Jan 2020 | 08:09 AM UTC

Guinea: At least one protester killed amid protest in Conakry January 29 /update 5

Clashes between police and protesters leave at least one dead in Conakry January 29; avoid all gatherings

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Event

At least one man was killed and one seriously wounded after police fired live rounds at protesters in Conakry on Wednesday, January 29. The violence erupted during an anti-government protest organized by the FNDC opposition party. Related protests are likely in the near term in Conakry and other urban centers.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are anticipated near any demonstration site. Further clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

At least 28 civilians and one policeman have been killed and dozens injured in recent opposition protests, which initially started on September 21.

Opposition members allege that President Alpha Condé, who has been in power since 2010, is positioning himself to change the constitution to then run for a third presidential term in late 2020. Condé has now publicly called for constitutional change regarding presidential term limits.

Advice

Individuals in Guinea, particularly in Conakry, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, minimize movements across Conakry, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.