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12 Dec 2019 | 12:27 AM UTC

Guinea: Opposition plans march against police violence in Conakry December 12 /update 17

Female opposition activists announce a march in Conakry on December 12, to denounce police violence; heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions expected

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Event

Female members of the Front National pour la Défense de la Constitution (FNDC) opposition coalition have called for a march in Conakry on Thursday, December 12, to denounce police  complicity in the recent deaths of protesters. Participants plan to gather at the Hamdallaye roundabout, and then march to the 28 Septembre stadium. Organizers did not immediately announce an exact meeting time.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected along the march route. 

Context

The FNDC has organized several opposition 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 are advised to monitor developments to the situation, minimize movements across Conakry, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.