Guinean security forces have killed at least eight people, including three children, during demonstrations in Guinea’s capital, Conakry. Since presidential elections on October 18, 2020, scores of others have been injured.
The official preliminary results showed the incumbent, Alpha Condé, with the most votes, while the opposition candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo, announced that he had won. Nationwide internet disruptions have made it difficult for Guinean and international journalists and human rights activists to cover and report on the violence. Final election results are expected to be announced in the coming days.
The following quote can be attributed to Ida Sawyer, deputy Africa director at Human Rights Watch:
“Security forces in Guinea should exercise restraint in responding to protests. Continued repression risks inflaming an already tense situation and could have disastrous repercussions. Those responsible for using excessive or unnecessary lethal force during protests this week should be investigated and held to account. The authorities should immediately restore internet access so people can communicate, get information, and report on unfolding events.”