Daniel Halliday
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Why are the protests in Guinea so alarming?

Protests are currently on going in Guinea as citizens are taking to the streets to oppose the presidents proposed changes to the country’s constitution. Guinean President Alpha Condé is being accused of trying to change the constitution to run for another term as president, despite being in power since 2010. Protests have been common in Guinea, but what is it about the country’s history and the current wave of protests that makes these latest events so worrying? okayafrica.com/guinea-anti-government-protests-kill-two
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A history of political violence

The latest wave of protests in Guinea have already turned violent, as the police have aggressively cracked down on people protesting President Alpha Conde’s attempt to bypass democracy. This seems even more alarming however when you consider the country’s history of mishandled protests, political violence and mass killings: The Market Women's Revolt of 1977, tens of thousands killed in Sekou Toure’s political purge, the 2000 rebel insurgency, the 2009 military junta massacre, the ethno-religious violent clashes of 2013, and a long list of strikes, violent clashes and attempted and successful assassinations. It seems little has changed in these latest protests also, with police being accused of an excessive use of force, using live ammunition on protesters, murder, looting and abducting children, Guinea’s history of mass killings may rear its ugly head once more.

aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/guinea-protesters-urged-continue-general-strike-200117145305498.html bbc.com/news/world-africa-13443183 hrw.org/news/2015/07/30/guinea-security-force-excesses-crimes nytimes.com/2009/12/22/world/africa/22guinea.html

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