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59 Killed in Guinea Protests

26 January 2007

At least 59 people were killed in protests in Guinea recently, according to the Washington Post, which is nearly twice the previously reported death toll. It is thought that most of the dead were protesters and people caught in the crossfire of the battles between security forces and the protesters. No deaths among the security forces were reported. 233 people were also wounded, according to the Health Ministry. The security forces opened fire on protesters throwing rocks.

The protest came after a strike that began on January 10th, which has forced many businesses and ports to close. The protesters want President Lansana Conté to give up power to a new government. Conté’s government has been accused of corruption, leaving many without electricity, jobs, or water.

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