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Guinea: Further protests in Conakry against President Condé - Bridge Africa 24
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Guinea: Further protests in Conakry against President Condé

Further demonstrations at the call of the Front national de défense de la constitution (FNDC) broke out in the Guinean capital on Thursday to protest against a possible third term of office for President Alpha Condé.

An impressive and red-coloured crowd covered the ten kilometres separating the roundabout of the Tannery from the esplanade of the Stadium on Thursday 28 September. The esplanade where the march took place was obviously not large enough to contain the crowd that came to demonstrate once again against a possible third term of office for President Alpha Condé.

The main leaders of civil society and the opposition, who were applauded, nevertheless took the floor. Sidya Touré observed a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the latest demonstrations, before demanding for the “immediate release” of the leaders of the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC) who were sentenced to prison terms at the end of October.

“Alpha Condé has lost his mind,” says Cellou Dalein Diallo, “but we will make him understand that Guinea does not want a third term.

“He must renounce this Machiavellian project,” concludes Foniké Menguè, coordinator of the FNDC. “We will continue this fight until the final victory.

The aerial images – provided by the opposition – are edifying: we see a real “red tide”, the colour of the FNDC, invading the streets of Conakry. “We’ll do even better next week,” the organizers promise. In the evening, the organizers did not have any figures on participation, but there were certainly more of them than at their last march on 24 October.

On its part, in a statement, the government “welcomed the professionalism of the law enforcement officers deployed along the way”, this time without giving any figures on the mobilization. Major demonstrations also took place in the cities of Mamou and Boké, in the interior of the country.

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