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25 Nov 2020 | 05:54 PM UTC

Guinea: Opposition supporters protest in Labe November 25

Several injured amid opposition protest in Labe (Fouta Djallon region) on November 25; avoid protests as a precaution

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Event

Several people were injured after security forces dispersed a demonstration by Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG) supporters in Labe (Fouta Djallon region) on Wednesday, November 25. Participants had gathered to denounce the recent re-election of President Alpha Condé and demand the release of imprisoned officials. At least seven people were injured in clashes between security forces and protesters, with some sources suggesting as many as 20 people were injured. An unconfirmed number of people were also arrested. The government announced on Sunday, November 22, a ban on demonstrations until further notice due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The UFDG had also called for a rally in Conakry on Wednesday, but there have been no reports of any gatherings taking place there.

Further demonstrations are likely to take place over the issue in the near term. A heightened police presence and localized transport disruptions are likely in the vicinity of any demonstration site.

Context

Condé, who has been Guinea's president since 2010, pushed through a change in the constitution following a referendum in March that effectively reset the two-term limit in the constitution and allowed him to run as his party's candidate in the presidential election on October 18. The controversial move by Condé prompted months of protests across Guinea, with opposition groups claiming that at least 90 people had been killed in unrest during the election campaign.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (Céni) declared Condé the winner of the presidential election on October 24, with a 59.94 percent majority in the first round. However, the official results have been challenged by opposition groups, including Condé's main challenger Cellou Dalein Diallo who had earlier claimed to be ahead during early vote counting, prompting clashes between his supporters and security forces in Conakry.

Advice

Those in Guinea are advised to monitor the situation, remain vigilant due to the threat of unrest and political violence, avoid the vicinity of demonstrations, protests, and political gatherings, avoid discussing politically sensitive topics in public or on social media, and heed all directives issued by local authorities.

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