Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Guinea: Opposition says 1 person shot dead at election protest

Guinea’s opposition said a protester was shot dead when security forces fired on a rally in the capital, Conakry.

The victim “received a bullet from police,” Mouctar Diallo, the leader of the New Democratic Forces party, said by phone on Monday. He said at least 30 demonstrators were injured, including one who is in a critical condition.

The Security Ministry said earlier in an e-mailed statement that police did not fire weapons.
Opposition groups have denounced the government’s timetable for elections, which foresees a presidential vote in October, and walked out of parliament last month in protest. President Alpha Conde has vowed to hold the vote even as the west African nation struggles to contain the Ebola virus.

Diallo said protests will continue on Tuesday.


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