Guinea police disperse rioters

2013-02-19 18:21


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Conakry - Anti-riot police fired tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters who barricaded streets and threw stones at vehicles in the capital, Conakry on Tuesday.

Political tensions are rising in Guinea before national elections on 12 May.

The young opposition supporters said they would make the city a ghost town on Tuesday.

They put tree trunks and rocks in the streets and threw big stones at cars in the Bambeto traffic circle.

Police spokesperson Fadama Cissoko said the rioters broke the windows of vehicles and burned tyres.

He said the police would not allow the demonstrators to stop traffic and some protesters were arrested.

Small shops, taxis and street stalls were closed by the demonstration but government offices and banks stayed open.

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