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Title: INCREASE IN CIVIL DISTURBANCES IN CONAKRY

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08CONAKRY5102008-09-09 15:42:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Conakry
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P 091542Z SEP 08
FM AMEMBASSY CONAKRY
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UNCLAS CONAKRY 000510 
 
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TAGS: ASEC KDEM PGOV GV
SUBJECT: INCREASE IN CIVIL DISTURBANCES IN CONAKRY 
 
REF: CONAKRY 0480 
 
¶1.  (U) Over the past few days, there has been a noticeable 
increase in the frequency of civil disturbances in Conakry. 
After the youth demonstration in neighboring Kamsar on August 
22 (located a few hours up the coast from Conakry) that 
resulted in three civilians being shot by security forces 
(reftel), there have been several spontaneous demonstrations 
in the capital.  Demonstrations temporarily shut down key 
traffic routes on September 8 and 9 as youths gathered to 
protest the continued lack of electricity.  Usually 
dispersing within an hour of starting, these sporadic 
protests are generally seen as minor disruptions. 
 
¶2.  (U) Although the police have been able to peacefully 
control the crowds, there have been incidents of tire 
burnings and rock throwing.  Around 17:00 on September 8, 
youths throwing rocks attacked and destroyed a taxi because 
the driver refused to yield to the demonstrators.  There were 
no injuries reported and the police were able to disperse the 
crowd without using tear gas or firearms. 
 
¶3.  (SBU) There were reports of shots fired in the early 
morning hours of September 9, which were believed to be 
related to an alleged theft of a sport utility vehicle from a 
downtown club by three police officers.  In response to the 
crime, a number of gendarmes set up a road block at the 
Castro Bridge (which controls access to the downtown area) 
for several hours. 
 
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COMMENT 
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¶4.  (SBU) Conakry witnessed a similar increase in protest 
activity during the same timeframe last year, which seemed to 
coincide both with the rainy season coming to an end and the 
beginning of Ramadan.  The heavy rains over the summer months 
usually deter most protesters.  Meanwhile, prices for 
foodstuffs tend to skyrocket during Ramadan, causing economic 
pressures to increase.  The students, who are usually the 
first to head out into the streets when frustrations mount, 
do not return to school until November, which means that they 
have time on their hands.  END COMMENT. 
BROKENSHIRE