CONAKRY, Guinea – Security forces in Guinea have fired tear gas to disperse opposition protesters who had planned a demonstration against the date set for upcoming legislative elections.
The long-awaited vote has been a flashpoint for violent demonstrations over the last several months in this West African nation that long suffered under strongman rule.
The opposition is upset about the June 30 date, saying the decision was made unilaterally by those in power, and other preparations.
Dr. Sadou Camara says at least three people were injured. Local officials had asked the opposition to change their route for the demonstration so that an important highway could stay open.
Guinea held its first democratic president election in 2010, though the country has failed to organize legislative polls and has no sitting legislature.