Friday, May 11, 2007

[Guinean news] Soldiers paralyze the capital

On Friday, Guinean soldiers took to the streets of the capital Conakry, firing shots in the air, continuing military protests about pay and conditions that have hit several cities in recent weeks.

Shops and market stalls closed as people rushed to get home and pick their children up from school.

At the height of the stand-off, two government radio stations went off air.

There were also reports of disturbances in Kindia and Mamou in the east and Macenta in the south
, according to the BBC.

Though the British broadcaster also reports that soldiers have since returned to the barracks. Guinéenews adds that calm seemed to have returned to the capital by late Friday afternoon. This was after the head of state, Gen. Lansana Conté, reportedly agreed to meet with disaffected soldiers on Saturday.

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