Five killed in protests over Guinea teachers’ strike


At least five people were killed in Guinea’s capital Conakry on Monday in protests sparked by a teacher’s strike, government said, reviving labour tensions in a country where previous strikes have led to dozens of deaths.

Government spokesman Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters a deal to end the strike was signed with Guinea’s main teachers’ unions on Monday evening.

The unions launched the strike on February 1 to protest government’s decision to dismiss or cut the salaries of many junior teachers after the latest civil service exams. Many students took to the streets in recent days to support them.

Unidentified assailants on Monday morning attacked a police station and demonstrators clashed with gendarmes in several districts of Conakry, witnesses said.
“By midday, the demonstrations had unfortunately caused the deaths of at least five people,” government said in a statement, calling the protest “illegal and forbidden”.

It added 30 people had been injured, including security force members, and 12 arrested. Witnesses told Reuters three of the dead were shot but it was not possible to verify the information.

General strikes about 10 years ago caused major disruptions in Guinea. The subsequent crackdown by security forces led to the deaths of 135 people.