Guinea gears up for strike and city shutdown

CONAKRY- On Monday Guinea braced for a general strike by unions and a complete shutdown of economic activity, organised by the country’s opposition after they disputed the local elections.

President Alpha Conde ruling party won the local elections on the 4th of February but the vote was overcasted by post-elections protests, from the losing parties.

The country has had an on and off strike from the teachers union that has paralyzed the education system, that continued for two weeks.

Cellou Dalein Diallo’s former prime minister Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG) has called for ville morte” or “dead city” protest, and a complete shutdown.

The parties have said the elections were “massive fraud”, “We want the truth out of the ballot box, nothing more,” the party said in a statement on Friday, calling for the “real results” to be published”.

Teachers have demanded 40% pay salary increase, which was agreed to be implemented by October 2017.

Teachers union said on Saturday, “For as long as the 40 percent (increase) with back pay is unpaid… we will not be going back to school.”

“Even we are sick of ourselves,” following weeks of strikes, admitted teacher union spokesman Oumar Tounkara, but included; “We cannot prepare the future of our students while forgetting our present.”

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