Election protests in Guinea disrupt some bauxite shipments

Violent protests by Guinea opposition supporters over delays in releasing the result of local election, has hit the aluminum mining towns of Boke and Kamsar, disrupting some ore shipments, according to mining sector officials.

Police responded with teargas and clubs, a local resident said

Guinea’s opposition parties are calling for the publication of results from recent local elections, which allies of President Alpha Conde say they have won.

Protests erupted in the capital Conakry several days ago.

“It’s a situation that is causing losses with our boats stranded and waiting to be loaded,” Frederic Bouzigues, managing director of Société Minière de Boke (SMB) said.

Boke and Kamsar were scene of repeated bouts of unrest last years with local residents protesting about electricity cuts, pollution and a perceived failure of mining projects to raise living standards.

“It’s really hot here at the moment with these barricades and tyres being burned by the protesters. The gendarmes intervened with teargas and clubs,” said Boke resident Mamadou Diallo.

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