Rival political supporters clash in Guinea's capital

By REUTERS
September 21, 2012 17:28

 
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CONAKRY - Opposition and government supporters clashed in Guinea's capital on Friday, throwing rocks, smashing car windows and burning tires in the latest outburst of ethnically-tinged political violence.

Tensions are high in the coup-prone West African state over long-delayed parliamentary elections, which the opposition says the government wants to rig.

Protesters blocked Conakry's main bridge and barricaded other roadways, with running clashes forcing local residents to lock themselves indoors, according to witnesses, who said security forces were deployed but did not intervene.

"They are throwing everything they get their hands on," said Ibrahima Keita, an army officer. "There are many wounded here at the gendarmerie and the Red Cross is coming to get them."

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