Two more people killed in Guinea clashes

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Two people were shot dead with several others wounded in clashes between Guinean police and protesters during a funeral procession for those killed in recent anti-government demonstrations.

Hundreds of people including relatives and opposition figures marched through the capital Conakry, carrying coffins of 11 of those killed since protests erupted in the West African country in mid-October.

Clashes broke out on the route, with youths hurling stones at riot police who responded using tear gas, batons, and hot water cannons.

“Some were wounded and there was loss of life,” police spokesman Morya Kaba said on state television. A local hospital had registered two deaths, he said.

Guinea has been rocked by demonstrations organised by a group of politicians and activists against a constitutional change that will enable President Alpha Conde to seek a third term in office.

The 81-year-old Conde, whose second and final five-year term expires next year, has refused to rule out running again and asked his government last month to look into drafting a new constitution.

 




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