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Guinean government warns the opposition against a dangerous mobilization

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

On Sunday, the Guinean government issued a warning to the opposition, which called for a massive mobilization against President Alpha Conde’s project to run for a third term at the end of 2020.

Since mid-October at least twenty civilians and one gendarme have been killed in protests that have been violently suppressed.

The National Front for Defending the Constitution, the coalition that includes many parties, unions and members of civil society and leading the protests, called for a “broad” and “unlimited” mobilization from Monday, which raises fears of new violence.

The front emphasizes the peaceful nature of its movement. But in a statement released on Saturday night, the government accused some opposition leaders of seeking to “plunge Guinea into chaos”.

She said, “The governmental authority will exercise firmly against those who want to cause disturbance of public order and deny the right of other Guineans to freely exercise their basic rights,” referring to economic activity in particular.

Since mid-October, tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets at the invitation of the front in this country of 13 million people.

The opposition appears confident that the head of state, who was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2015, intends to run for a third term in 2020, while the constitution allows only two presidential terms. Her fears were reinforced when Condi, 81, announced in December that he intended to present a new constitution to the Guineans, without revealing his personal intentions.

Human rights organizations condemn the use of excessive force, arbitrary arrests, and impunity for security forces.

The government had indicated that public order was disturbing and that demonstrations had not received licenses.

It later allowed demonstrations, but the violence did not stop completely.

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