Guinea junta faces protest call in defiance of ban

Guinea junta faces protest call in defiance of ban

Guinea junta faces protest call in defiance of ban

Guinea junta faces protest call in defiance of ban (Credits:Google)

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  • The National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC) calls for dialogue.
  • The junta had on May 13 announced a three-year ban on all demonstrations.
  • Guinea’s official ban on protests was challenged on Friday.
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Guinea :Guinea’s official ban on protests was challenged on Friday by a key political group, which called for a protest against the ruling junta on June 23.

The National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC) issued a statement condemning “the junta’s clear intention to stay in power for ever” and “refusal” to hold talks.

The front called for a peaceful demonstration in the capital Conakry on June 23 to demand “a reasonable and consensual” period of time before power is handed back to a civilian government, and not the 36 months the junta has set.

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The statement also called for dialogue, respect for human rights and the prosecution of those behind political violence.

The junta had on May 13 announced a three-year ban on all demonstrations likely to “hinder activities.”

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The ban sparked complaints from political parties, civil society and human rights activists.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and other groups wrote to the government to restore “without delay” the right to protest, warning the ban “risks causing more tension” and possible violence.

Guinea has a history of political violence and the front led demonstrations against President Alpha Conde who was overthrown last September.

During protests against Conde’s ambition for a third term in government, dozens of Guineans were killed, largely by gunshot, between 2019 and 2021.

Read more: Guinea political collective calls off funeral protest

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