After 5 Killed In Deadly Clashes Over Teachers’ Strike, Guinea Capital Conakry Returns To Calm


Calm has descended on the Guinean capital Conakry, after killing at least five people were killed and dozens wounded in the wake of demonstrations that erupted teachers’ strike.Two of the largest unions began to tutor the country located in West Africa to knock on 1 February against the government’s decision to reject or reduce salaries, contracted number of novice teachers. Students, who were kept from class for weeks, took to the streets in support of their teachers.

The institutions remained closed on Monday, although the unions and the government to reach an agreement on 19 February Monday demonstrations demanding the resumption of school classes.

On Monday (February 20), the police launched a crackdown on hundreds of student demonstrations – most of whom are aged 15 and older – in Conakry, stones and sticks, leaving at least five people, according to the government.

“By the middle of the day, and these demonstrations cause unfortunately killed at least five people,” the government said in a statement, calling the demonstrations illegal and prohibited. It is still not clear whether the victims were all young.

Police and employees confirmed in the hospital, the AFP news agency reported that at least 30 people were injured, including members of the security forces. He was arrested on twelve “demonstrators”, according to government Conakry authorities.

The demonstration turned violent after unidentified gunmen attacked a police station, and protesters clashed with security forces in several neighborhoods of the capital, such as Kipé, Kassa and Simbaya. Witnesses described the youths set fire to tires and throwing them in the streets along with the barriers erected burning vehicles.

And it closed all streets near the Gbessia International Airport and delayed flights.He called for restraint authorities said they had the trial of those involved in the violence.

It deepened ethnic and political tensions and violence in the months before and after the presidential elections October 11, 2015, which resulted in dozens of deaths and revealed ongoing concerns about the abuses committed by the security forces.General strikes decade ago all strongly suppressed by the security forces, killing 135