Guinea’s junta issues warning against protests on coup anniversary

The ruling junta in the West African state of Guinea has cautioned against participating in protests on Tuesday, marking the second anniversary of their takeover of power.

This ban reinforces the prohibition of a planned opposition rally demanding a swift return to civilian rule.

Late on Monday, authorities reissued a decree from May last year that declared “movements of support and demonstrations” on public roads as illegal.

They cautioned individuals against violating this measure, which they say is aimed at “preserving the peace.”

Since September 5, 2021, the chronically unstable state has been under military rule, following the overthrow of President Alpha Conde, the country’s first democratically elected leader.

In response to international pressure, the junta has pledged to reinstate civilian rule by the end of 2024, citing the need for institutional reforms.

In addition to prohibiting all demonstrations, the military regime has detained several opposition leaders and initiated legal proceedings against others.

A coalition of parties and organizations known as Living Forces had called for a “peaceful” march on the anniversary of the takeover.

In a statement, it accused the junta of making no progress in transferring power to civilian authorities, citing a lack of advancement on issues such as a draft constitution, electoral code, or an electoral management body, among other concerns.

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