May 2023 | Protests against junta met with violence
During protests against the ruling military junta and the slow pace of transition to civilian rule in Guinea on 10 and 11 May, violent confrontations broke out between demonstrators and security forces. Protestors threw stones, erected barricades, and set fires in the street. The police response included shooting at the demonstrators. Local CSOs report that seven people were killed and another 32 were wounded by gunfire. They claim that a further 56 people were arrested. A police spokesperson has said that the number of deaths reported by CSOs was incorrect.
February 2023 | Two killed, dozens injured in violent protest against junta
On 15 February, a demonstration against the slow pace of a transition to civilian government in Guinea’s capital Conakry was met with violence. (In late 2022 the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and junta leaders agreed on a 24-month process that began in January 2023.) After demonstrators blockaded several roads and pelted police with stones, security forces responded with tear gas and gunfire. Two young men, aged 16 and 18, were killed by gunshots. Dozens of others were injured, and as many as 47 people were reported to have been arrested. The country is in the early stages of a transition to civilian government that is planned to last until January 2025. The military junta has banned all protests in the country from May 2022 until an electoral process begins.
October 2022 | Junta responds to ECOWAS pressure, revising the timeframe for transition
Following the September 2021 coup d’état in Guinea, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has taken several measures to encourage a swift transition to civilian rule. The junta, led by Col Mamadi Doumbouya, had decided on a 36-month transitional period. ECOWAS determined this to be too long, and in September 2022 announced a system of progressive sanctions. Following further negotiations with ECOWAS (and further protests on the streets in Conakry), the junta agreed in October to complete the transition in 24 months. However, the junta has proposed that this 24-month period will begin in January 2023.
September 2022 | Journalists suspended after interview with opposition leader
On 23 September, three radio journalists (and the program they present) were ordered to cease their work for a period of one month by the High Authority for Communication (HAC) in Guinea. They had broadcast a telephone interview with Sékou Koundouno, a representative of the opposition movement, National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC). During the call Koundouno had encouraged Guineans to “mobilize for a return to constitutional order.” The HAC characterized this an incitement to revolt. The three journalists involved in the call have been forbidden from reporting or speaking with local media until 22 October.