FNDC suspends for one week its calls to demonstrate

In Guinea, calls to demonstrate against the junta have been suspended. The National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC) announced on Friday, July 29, in a press release, a one-week ceasefire. An announcement following an interview with Umaro Sissoco Embalo, President of Guinea-Bissau, current President of ECOWAS.

as reported from Conakry, Moctar Bah

New demonstrations against the junta in power in Guinea took place on Friday in Conakry at the call of the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC). Clashes broke out between protesters and police, killing one person according to prosecutors, four according to organizers. Dozens of people were also injured. The person who lost his life is a 65-year-old man. According to witnesses, the latter, who was in front of a restaurant, his workplace, was hit by a stray bullet.

The massive deployment of police and gendarmerie forces did not deter youths from the capital’s suburbs, who even disrupted Friday prayers in some places. In the streets, we have seen chases between protesters and police that have provoked bloody clashes in the capital’s red light districts, traditionally favorable to the opposition.

The security forces, after using tear gas, the protesters responded by throwing stones, others were also armed with sticks. This violence also caused material damage in the capital, for example burnt tires on public roads or several damaged law enforcement vehicles.

These violent demonstrations started on Thursday at the call of the FNDC to condemn the “unilateral management of the transition” by the junta, which has pledged to hand power to elected civilians within three years.

Despite the demands of the FNDC, which condemns the lack of transparency in the transition, some young protesters interviewed by AXADLE said: “The government made us fail in our various national exams. We will derail the transition.” As a reminder, the matriculation exam in 2022 recorded only 9% success.

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