Guinea third term protest kills nine

Young people block the road as they protest against a possible third term of President Alpha Conde on October 16, 2019, in Conakry. A Guinea court on October 16, 2019, suspended the trial of eight opposition leaders accused of organising protests against President Alpha Conde, as fresh rioting broke out in the capital Conakry. The opposition says at least 10 people have died in three days of deadly clashes during opposition protests against Conde's push for constitutional reforms that critics say aim at letting him to run for a third term. / AFP / CELLOU BINANI

Guinea’s government has confirmed that nine people have been killed during this week’s demonstrations against a possible change to the constitution.

Witnesses say police opened fire on the protesters as they blocked roads with burning tyres and ransacked military posts in the capital Conarky, according reports.

Opposition parties say at least 10 people have been killed, including a 14 year old boy. They also say police raided victim’s families’ homes. The government has not responded to the allegations.

The demonstrators are protesting against the possibility of President Alpha Conde running for a third term. Mr Conde, 81, took office in 2010 and his final five-year term should end in 2020. He has, however, not ruled out a third term and has asked his government to look into drafting a new constitution which critics say aims at letting him run for a third term.

Dominica Nwabufo