Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Four people were killed in protests in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, yesterday and another 11 wounded, according to Faya Millimono, spokesman for a group of 19 opposition parties that organized the demonstrations.
The deaths and injuries happened amid clashes with police who used tear gas to disperse the political groups’ protest against the country’s electoral commission. The parties claim the body lost credibility in its handling of a 2010 presidential vote, citing delays in the organization of a runoff and the appointment of an army general from Mali as interim head of the commission less than a month before the second round.
The injuries were caused by gun shots and cuts, Millimono said by phone today.
Security forces “do not use firearms,” General Mamadouba Toto Camara, minister of security and civil protection, told reporters yesterday.
The opposition groups will continue their protests following the two-year commemoration today of a massacre at a stadium in Conakry, Millimono said. “We will pursue peaceful demonstrations from tomorrow even if we know that the government has decided to suppress them,” he said.
Guinea is the world’s biggest exporter of bauxite, the ingredient used in aluminum. Companies including United Co. Rusal, Rio Tinto Plc and AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. operate in the West African nation.
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