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Protests against coronavirus restrictions leave several people dead in Guinea

Several people died on Tuesday in violent protests in various parts of Guinea against the restrictions approved by the Interior Ministry of the African country to end the Conoravirus pandemic. Local media speak of up to seven deceased.

Interior Minister Brima Condé spoke on national television late Tuesday that the death toll was “high” after motorcycle taxi drivers collided with security guards at a city checkpoint in Figuiadi, in the west of the country.

The checkpoint in Friguiadi had been installed to limit movements in the city due to the pandemic. Other residents joined the riots, which, according to the minister, whose statements were collected by the data protection authority, spread to various cities in Coyah Prefecture and surrounding areas.

Protests against coronavirus restrictions leave several people dead in Guinea
Protests against coronavirus restrictions leave several people dead in Guinea

Demonstrators set fire to several police stations and gendarmerie posts, as well as police vehicles, to protest measures taken to prevent the spread of the corona virus, Condé said.

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