Guinea protesters buried

2013-05-22 20:50
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Conakry - Thousands of mourners gathered on Wednesday at the funerals of six young opposition activists killed in protests in the Guinean capital Conakry, chanting anti-government slogans and demanding justice for the men.

The protesters, aged 14 to 22, are among at least 15 people killed in clashes with security forces in recent weeks during opposition marches calling for transparency in the country's upcoming presidential election.

"Justice for our comrades who died for democracy, or no peace in Guinea," members of the cortege in Conakry chanted as others held up pictures of the dead men, describing them as "martyrs" of the regime of President Alpha Conde.

Opposition leader and former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo accused the government of failing to investigate the deaths of "these innocent victims murdered in cold blood by the police".

"The Guinean authorities must know that these crimes will not go unpunished... Thirty people have been killed, victims of the barbaric security forces, since Alpha Conde came to power in late 2010," Diallo said.

Discontent is simmering in the west African country, where activists have accused Conde of planning to rig the election and have denounced a decree that sets June 30 as the date for elections, which have been repeatedly delayed since 2011.

The last legislative elections were held in 2002 under then president Lansana Conte, who ruled the former French colony for 24 years until his death in December 2008, which prompted a disastrous coup marked by extreme police brutality.

The United Nations Security Council said in a statement in April that it was "worried about instability" in Guinea and called for calm in the restive nation.

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