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Pre-election violence erupts in Guinea

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 00:52

Tensions are running high in Guinea after clashes between supporters of incumbent President Alpha Conde and the main opposition leader left more than a dozen people injured, days ahead of the presidential election. Gavino Garay reports.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**NONE** The rivalry between supporters of President Alpha Conde and his main opponent has turned violent ahead of Sunday's presidential election. More than a dozen were injured in Conakry, Guinea's capital, when police fired shots and used tear gas and batons on protesters outside the home of opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo. (SOUNDBITE) (French) UNIDENTIFIED OPPOSITION SUPPORTER SAYING: "In 2015, it's Cellou or death." (SOUNDBITE) (Soussou) CONAKRY RESIDENT, ABOUBACAR CONDE SAYING: "It's Cellou's people who attacked me. A big guy hit me while I was on my motorcycle. When I fell off, they rushed towards me. I barely escaped with my life." The protests have erupted in the wake of Conde's rejection of opponents' demands to postpone the vote. Opposition candidates say they need more time to address what they say are irregularities in the voting process. Despite the violence, Conde is favored to win a second term after his election in 2010 ended two years of brutal military rule.

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Pre-election violence erupts in Guinea

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 00:52