Guinea-Conakry’s security forces “violently repressed” opposition supporters before and during the March 22 constitutional and legislative elections, Human Rights Watch (HRW), a non-governmental organization said Friday. In a statement, HRW accuses the police of killing “at least eight people, including two children,” and wounding more than 20 others.
At least 10 people are said to have been killed in clashes between police and protesters during a bitterly contested referendum in Guinea on Sunday, opposition activists said. The National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC) accused security forces of firing on anti-government protesters.
Guinea’s opposition convened a new series of anti-government demonstrations on Tuesday, after at least five protesters and a police officer were killed in clashes between security forces and opponents in the capital, Conakry. Demonstrators protested on Monday against a possible third term of President Alpha Condé. According to a hospital source, five young protesters were shot dead by police in the capital. The government said a policeman was also shot dead in the town of Mamou, east of Conakry.