The Crackdown Against Opposition in Guinea Continues As Alpha Conde Seeks Third Term

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Ibrahima Diallo and Sekou Koundouno were recently arrested by the government of Guinea following a press conference in which they denounced the arbitrary arrest of other activists in Guinea. These arrests have been part of the government’s crackdown on activists who stand opposed to Alpha Conde’s bid for a third term. These arrests have been going on since last year. In October of last year, twelve opposition leaders were arrested and jailed for organizing protests. Abdourahmane Sanoh, the coordinator of the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution, was given a one-year jail term for inciting civil disobedience. Sanoh’s brother was arrested as well.

Conde was elected president of Guinea in 2010 and has since completed his two-terms, but he is now seeking to amend the constitution to seek a third term. Conde’s bid for a third term has led to massive protests throughout the country. The government has responded to the protest with violent force. Since October, 30 people in Guinea have been killed in the protests.

Conde’s bid for a third term is an attempt to undermine democracy in Guinea and has led to instability in a nation which has suffered under dictatorial rule for several decades.

Dwayne is the author of several books on the history and experiences of African people, both on the continent and in the diaspora. His books are available through Amazon. You can also follow Dwayne on Facebook and Twitter.

Dwayne Wong (Omowale) is a Guyanese born Pan-Africanist, author, and law student.

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