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More death recorded in Guinea political crisis – toll now 6

A 25-year old protester was killed on Tuesday in Conakry by security forces during clashes that has continued to agitate the Guinean capital on the second day of a protest against President Alpha Condé bid for a third term, his father reported.

So far, the authorities have refrained from confirming almost all of the deaths of protesters reported since Monday.

The death of Abdoulaye Timbo Sow, 25, brings to six the number of deaths reported by relatives and doctors since the beginning of the protest in Conakry and other cities of the country.

Abdoulaye Timbo Sow, who was hit during clashes in Wanidara on Tuesday morning, succumbed to his injuries in the hospital before his mother could get there to see him, his father Mamadou Aliou Sow said.

Wanidara and several other outlying neighbourhoods of Conakry have been rocked since Monday by violence between opponents of Alpha Condé’s third term, police and the gendarmes deployed en masse.

A coalition of opposition parties, trade unions and members of civil society called on Guineans to demonstrate from Monday against the plan by the outgoing president to succeed himself at the end of his second term in October 2020.

The current Constitution limits the number of presidential terms to two.

Tensions in Guinea are alarming the United Nations, a country long known for uncertain stability, accustomed to violent protests and government repressions.

 

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