Friday, January 19, 2007

[Guinean news] Two more die during general strike

The BBC reports that two more people, both youths, have been shot and killed in the 10th day of Guinea's general strike. One of the deaths occurred in Conakry, despite the cancellation of the march in the capital due to a death in the family of one of the union leaders. Another was killed in Kissidougou.

Guinéenews reports that protesters in Mamou marched in front of the city's prison chanting "the real thieves are in Conakry." This reference to Mamadou Sylla and Fodé Soumah, two close allies of Gen. Lansana Conté jailed on corruption charges but liberated unilaterally by the head of state.

Dustin Sharp of Human Rights Watch told Voice of America radio's Africa News Tonight program that he was surprised how many Guineans made reference to Ukraine's Orange Revolution in explaining their committment.

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