Thousands in Guinea protest against president’s quest for a third term

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People march during a protest over a suspected effort by President Alpha Conde to seek a third term in Conakry, Guinea October 24, 2019. REUTERS
Members of security forces stand guard as people march during a protest over a suspected effort by President Alpha Conde to seek a third term in Conakry, Guinea October 24, 2019. REUTERS

The streets of Guinea’s capital were packed Thursday for one of the largest protests yet over suspicions that President Alpha Conde is gearing up for the presidency for the third time.

Protesters chanted “Amoulanfe” – “it will not happen” in the Susu language – and “Free the prisoners” on their way to Conakry’s largest stadium.

The march was organized by the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), a coalition of politicians and activists opposed to a constitutional change that could see Conde seeking a third term.

On Tuesday, 12 FNDC leaders were sentenced to up to a year in prison for organizing previous rallies in which nine people were killed.

Last week, police opened fire on protesters as they ransacked military posts and blocked roads.

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