In Guinea, the authorities have once again banned all demonstrations in the country. According to them, this measure aims to better combat the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. But the opposition sees it as a way to stifle protest on the streets. The opposition intends to defy this ban on Wednesday.
This measure is justified by a “health reason”, indicates a press release that “interrupts mass demonstrations” across the country. A few days ago, President Alpha Condé extended the state of emergency and worried about the increase in the number of coronavirus infections and the “relaxation of Guineans” to use barrier gestures.
The Guinea’s Democratic Union (UFDG), several members of which are the subject of legal proceedings, sees this as a way to silence the opposition. After organizing large rallies for the presidential election, “the regime comes out of its amnesia and suddenly remembers the existence of the pandemic”, condemns the party Cellou Dalein Diallo, failed presidential candidate, and who continues to challenge results.
Guinea’s human rights organization condemns “a violation of freedom of expression”. OGDH is concerned about this climate, which she believes could lead to further violence.