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Two Protesters Killed in Guinea After Union Called for General Strike

HeadlineFeb 28, 2024

In Guinea, at least two young protesters were killed Monday as a general strike against military rule paralyzed the capital Conakry. Clashes broke out between security forces and demonstrators as Guinea’s union leaders are demanding an end to media censorship, and lower food and living costs. The strike comes one week after the military government, which took power in a 2021 coup, unexpectedly dissolved the transitional government that had been in place since 2022, seizing the passports of government members and freezing their bank accounts. Demonstrations in Guinea have been rare since the coup; military leaders banned all protests in 2022 and arrested several opposition leaders, activists and journalists. Unions leading the recent strike are also demanding the release of Sékou Jamal Pendessa of the Union of Press Professionals of Guinea, who was arrested in January.

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