130 wounded in Guinea opposition demo
28 February 2013, 10:38
Conakry - Violence broke out during a Guinean opposition
demonstration in Conakry on Wednesday, leaving some 130 people wounded including
68 police, Guinea's security minister said.
The new toll was determined after contacting different
hospitals in the capital where the wounded were taken, the minister, Maramany
Cisse, said on national television.
A statement earlier from the offices of government spokesperson
Albert Damantang Camara said there were "51 wounded by stone throwing,
including 23 police officers and 28 civilians. One of the injured officers is
in critical condition".
The statement appealed for calm and claimed there was also
damage to public and private buildings and vehicles.
Police had fired tear gas to break up a group of
demonstrators who had massed in front of the ruling party headquarters to
protest against the arrest of one of their comrades.
Thousands had gathered for the latest in a string of
demonstrations to demand transparency in elections scheduled for May 12 and
protest against the South African company selected to revise the electoral
The vote in the troubled West African country was due to
have taken place in 2011 and has been postponed several times already.