Police in the Guinean capital Conakry used tear gas to disperse a demonstration by teachers on Monday, 12 November 2018.
The crowd was demonstrating against what they claimed was the refusal of the government to meet their demands.
One demonstrator, Mohamed Camara, denounced what he called the heavy-handedness of the security forces. “It was a peaceful demonstration. Preventing us from holding our sit-in is a violation of our basic rights,” he protested, before warning: “the Secretary General of the SLECG, we are determined to stop at nothing to have our claims met”.
On Monday, the Free Union of Teachers and Researchers of Guinea (SLECG) planned to hold sit-ins before municipal and prefectural directorates of education in Conakry and in the interior of the country to denounce the freezing of teacher salaries, the arrest of some trade unionists as well as the arbitrary changes to some teachers.