Youth shot dead in Guinea protest

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A YOUTH was shot dead by po­lice dur­ing a de­mon­stra­tion in Guinea that saw at least half a mil­lion peo­ple protest against al­leged gov­ern­ment cor­rup­tion, sources said.

Sev­eral others were in­jured in the rally in Conakry to de­nounce what they said was eco­nomic mis­man­age­ment by the gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Al­pha Conde.

Op­po­si­tion leader Cel­lou Dalein Diallo said 700,000 peo­ple had joined a 15-kilo­me­tre pro­ces­sion from the sub­urbs to 28 Septem­bre Sta­dium in the west African na­tion’s cap­i­tal on Au­gust 16.

Se­cu­rity forces said the num­ber was closer to 500,000.

The dead man, iden­ti­fied as Thierno Hami­dou Diallo, 21, was shot in the chest by a po­lice of­fi­cer “as he was sit­ting on the bal­cony of his apart­ment” in the sub­urb of Bam­beto, his brother Ma­madou Dian Diallo said.

An AFP re­porter saw the body at the lo­cal Mere et En­fant (Mother and Child) hos­pi­tal be­fore it was trans­ferred to a morgue.

A doc­tor said a num­ber of in­jured had been treated at the Dix­inn poly­clinic, one of whom was in a coma.

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