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27 Nov 2019 | 08:57 PM UTC

Guinea: Opposition supporters to march in Conakry December 3 /update 15

Political opposition coalition plans march in Conakry on December 3; heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions expected

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Event

The Front National pour la Défense de la Constitution (FNDC) opposition coalition is planning to hold a march in the capital Conakry on Tuesday, December 3. Supporters will gather at Conakry Gbessia International Airport (CKY) before marching to the Mission Stadium in Kaloum. As of Thursday, November 28, FNDC leaders did not announce a start time for the protest.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected near all protest sites and along all march routes. Clashes between protesters and security forces are also anticipated.

Context

The FNDC has organized several anti-government demonstrations since October 14. Clashes between security forces and protesters have left at least 17 people dead, including three in a protest in Conakry on November 14. Opposition leaders announced on November 18 that they intend to hold nationwide protests every week until the government adheres to its demands.

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