Saturday 21 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 03/15/18)
Women angered by a police crackdown on anti-government demonstrations blockaded a motorway in the Guinean capital on Thursday a day after three people were killed in a fresh round of protests. About 1,000 women, dressed in red and white, marched down the Le Prince motorway crossing the city, led by Halimatou Dalein Diallo, the wife of Cellou Dalein Diallo, who heads the country's main opposition party, an AFP reporter saw. They chanted slogans such as "Stop targeted kilings" and "Down with police barbarity." The opposition Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG) has been staging protests in the capital, Conakry...
(AFP (eng) 03/15/18)
Two men were reportedly shot dead Wednesday during protests in the Guinean capital as the powerful teachers' union called off a month-long strike after reaching agreement with the government on pay. The strikes have paralysed the country's education system and fractured relations between teachers, parents and the state, while President Alpha Conde has faced criticism for allowing the industrial action to drag on. They have run in parallel to protests by the opposition Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG), two of whose supporters were killed during protests, reports said. State television announced the death of 22-year-old Mamadou Bailo Diallo after a 25-year-old was also shot dead in the same area...
(AFP (eng) 03/14/18)
Police fired teargas at protesters from opposition parties in Guinea on Tuesday, while the ruling party of President Alpha Conde accused his opponents of seeking to destabilise the West African nation. The opposition Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG) has been staging protests in the capital, Conakry, since losing February 4 local elections it says were rigged. "Until they give us our stolen votes, we won't leave the streets," UFDG leader and former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo told AFP. Young people erected barricades in the city, burned tyres and threw stones at police, who replied with teargas, an AFP correspondent saw.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/18)
CONAKRY (Reuters) - Opposition supporters in Guinea protested and erected barricades in the capital Conakry and the mining towns of Boke and Kamsar on Tuesday, disrupting some shipments of the aluminum ore bauxite, a Reuters witness and industry officials said. The unrest sparked by a row over local elections held in February has paralyzed much of Conakry since protests erupted on Monday. Demonstrations spread to Boke on Tuesday, where police responded with teargas and clubs, a resident said. Spokesmen for...
(AFP (eng) 03/12/18)
Thousands of people demonstrated in central Conakry on Monday while in several other districts of the Guinean capital youths erected roadblocks and set fire to tyres, in the latest wave of unrest after disputed local elections. The country's main opposition, the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG), had called for the city to come to a "standstill" in a day of protest against President Alpha Conde. Tensions have also been stoked by a dissident teacher union's strike that has gripped the education sector since February 12. In Conakry's administrative and business area of Kaloum, several thousand people rallied on Monday to demand that schools be reopened.
(AFP (eng) 03/09/18)
Guinean President Alpha Conde will carry out a "major cabinet reshuffle", his office said Thursday, following weeks of strikes and demonstrations in the country after disputed local elections. Conde will install ministers "who listen to the people," a statement said. It was released after Conde was booed by hundreds of angry women at a ceremony to mark International Women's Day, according to an AFP correspondent. Political unrest erupted in early February when Conde's ruling party won the first local elections...
(AFP (eng) 03/07/18)
Thousands of women, clad in white, marched in the Guinean capital of Conakry on Wednesday in protest at a violent crackdown on political demonstrations following elections last month. Around 5,000 women, dressed in the local colour of mourning, took part in the three-kilometre (two-mile) march, according to an AFP estimate. The organisers put the turnout at 10,000 They carried banners reading, "Too many deaths -- the state is still asleep" and "Alpha rhymes with crime," a reference to the president...
(AFP (eng) 03/07/18)
"Sir, we're going to handcuff you," a coast guard from Sao Tome tells a man accused of fishing illegally in the archipelago's waters. But the "fisherman" is really a French navy seaman disguised in a T-shirt, cap and sunglasses -- a member of an unusual multinational training exercise to combat crime in the Gulf of Guinea. Illegal fishing, piracy and hostage-taking haunt the vast bay lying off West Africa, whose coastline runs from Liberia in the west to Gabon in...
(AFP (eng) 02/26/18)
Thousands of young people erected barricades and blocked traffic in the Guinean capital Conakry on Monday with markets and schools shut as mass strikes gripped the city. A general strike was called by the Guinea General Union of Workers (UGTG) in addition to an ongoing walkout by teachers and a complete shutdown of economic activity demanded by the opposition after disputed local elections. Conakry's biggest market, Madina, failed to open its doors along with the vast majority of businesses, as youths overturned bins and set tyres on fire, cutting off entire sections of the city to vehicles.
(AFP (eng) 02/26/18)
Guinea braced Monday for a general strike by unions and a complete shutdown of economic activity demanded by the country's opposition after disputed local elections. The victory by the ruling party of President Alpha Conde in the February 4 vote was marred by post-electoral violence involving supporters of the losing parties. An on-off teachers' strike that has paralysed the education system also restarted two weeks ago and shows no signs of stopping. Now the powerful Guinea General Union of Workers (UGTG) has joined the movement by teachers and opposition figures by calling for workers to stay at home on Monday.
(AFP (eng) 02/21/18)
President Alpha Conde's ruling party won a significant majority in Guinea's first local elections since 2005, near-complete results showed on Wednesday, although the main opposition party took the capital, Conakry. The election held on February 4 was the first of its kind since the end of military dictatorship, and followed eight years of delays blamed on lack of funds, political infighting and the 2013-16 Ebola crisis. Conde's Rally for the Guinean People (RPG) took 1.35 million votes, electing 3,284 councillors...
(AFP (eng) 02/13/18)
At least two men died Monday in clashes between demonstrators and riot police in Guinea, following protests over local election results and the resumption of a teachers' strike, a government spokesman said. "There have been two deaths today in circumstances yet to be established," said spokesman Albert Damantang Camara. "The two were killed by police during clashes with youths in Hamdallaye district," an opposition fiefdom in the capital Conakry, a security source said. Demonstrators gathered less than a week after at least 50 people were arrested over an arson attack that killed five children, in post-election violence in central Guinea.
(AFP (eng) 02/08/18)
Police have arrested at least 50 people following an arson attack that killed five children in central Guinea after last weekend's local elections, a local official said. Unrest has flared in the West African country after the ballot, with seven deaths recorded so far across the country amid violent clashes between opposition supporters and riot police. "After the violence in Kalinko, security forces made arrests of at least 50 people who were all transferred to Faranah prison," Mamadou Lamarana Diallo,...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/18)
The African Union's chairman dismissed during a visit to Beijing on Thursday a French newspaper report alleging that China had spied on the continental body as "lies" intended to derail cooperation. The report published by Le Monde in January claimed technicians at the AU's Chinese-built headquarters in the Ethiopian capital discovered last year that the contents of their computers had been regularly copied to servers in Shanghai since 2012, citing unnamed AU sources. "I don't see it is in the...
(AFP (eng) 02/07/18)
Five young children perished in an arson attack during clashes in central Guinea on Tuesday, as anger over alleged fraud during weekend local elections turned deadly and tensions mounted ahead of the results. Sunday's local elections were the first since the end of the era of military dictatorship and follow eight years of delays blamed on a lack of funds, political infighting and the 2013-16 Ebola crisis. Huts and houses were set on fire in the town of Kalinko, and...
(AFP (eng) 02/06/18)
One person died in opposition party clashes with security forces in Guinea during vote counting for local elections, police told AFP on Monday, as activists alleged fraud marred the vote. Guinean opposition leaders have denounced the west African country's long-delayed local elections held on Sunday, saying vote rigging with proxy ballots happened in several polling stations. A special riot squad was deployed on Monday, and clashed in the western city of Kindia with supporters of former prime minister Cellou Dalein...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/18)
Guinean opposition leaders on Sunday denounced the west African country's long-delayed local elections as fraudulent, citing vote rigging in polling stations across the west African country. "There is fraud at the national level," said former prime minister Sidya Toure after polls closed at 1800 GMT. "We are seeing problems, especially concerning ink, in a lot of polling stations," added Toure, who heads the opposition Union of Republican Forces (UFR). The local elections are the first since the end of the...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/18)
Israel began warning thousands of African migrants Sunday that they must leave by the end of March, officials said, under a plan that could see them jailed if they refuse. On January 3, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced implementation of a plan to deport about 38,000 migrants who had entered the country illegally, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese. The controversial plan gives them until the end of next month to leave voluntarily or face jail and eventual expulsion. Immigration authority spokeswoman...
(AFP (eng) 01/29/18)
President Donald Trump said the United States "deeply respects" Africans and will dispatch its top diplomat to the continent, in a letter to African leaders seen by AFP on Sunday. The letter sent last week comes after Trump provoked a firestorm of indignation among African nations earlier in January when he reportedly called them "shithole countries" during a meeting with lawmakers in Washington. While Trump has denied the remarks, they are expected to be formally condemned by the 55 member states of the African Union during their ongoing summit in the Ethiopian capital. "I want to underscore that the United States deeply respects the people of Africa, and my commitment to strong and respectful relationships...
(AFP (eng) 01/26/18)
US President Donald Trump on Friday asked the African Union chairman to pass on his "warmest regards" to other regional leaders at a summit this weekend, after sparking outrage with a reported slur against Africans. Trump met Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where some African business leaders say they are planning to boycott Trump's closing speech later Friday. The outspoken US leader congratulated Kagame on taking over as chair of the 55-nation African bloc, which Trump said was a "great honour". "I know you're going to your first meeting shortly. Please give my warmest regards," Trump told Kagame after they held a one-on-one meeting at the forum.

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