Guinea court jails opposition leaders for organizing protests

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At least five opposition and civil society leaders have been jailed by a court in Guinea.

However, the court jailed the opposition leaders for organizing a protest against President Alpha Conde.

By and Large, Conde wants to change Guinea’s constitution to allow him, run for the third term.

A former government minister and an organizer of unauthorized protest of last week, Abdourahmane Sanoh received a one-year jail term for inciting civil disobedience.

Recall that last week’s protest led to the death of nine people.

Meanwhile, four other members of the National Front for Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), a coalition of politicians and activists received a six-month sentence.

Altogether, the court in the capital of Conakry jailed them all for opposing a constitution change.

Rights group Amnesty International, however, criticized the court ruling.

According to the group, “no one should be detained for organizing or calling for a peaceful demonstration.

In addition, an Amnesty Researcher, Francois Patwel said: “The sentencing of leaders of civil society shows the desire of Guinea authorities to crunch all forms of dissent”.

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