Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/471/2010

From The Socialist newspaper, 25 January 2007

Guinea general strike:

Workers brave regime's bullets

OVER 40 people have been killed by security forces since the trade unions launched a general strike on 11 January in the west African country of Guinea.

Some 30,000 workers demonstrated in Conakry on 22 January in support of the strike and an end to the rule of president Lansana Conté. Thousands more marched in regional towns. Police blocking the path of the marchers in Conakry gunned down over 20 demonstrators and injured a further 100.

However, the pressure of the general strike has prompted the President to release several trade union leaders who had been arrested and to investigate the shootings, in an attempt to negotiate an end to the strike.

The action - the third general strike in a year - is in protest at rising cost of living, unemployment, government corruption, and the reneging of the regime on agreements previously reached after the last strike.

One Conakry resident summed up the strikers' mood, saying: "There is bauxite, gold, diamonds in this country but we see nothing of it."

Conté has been in power for over 22 years following a coup in 1984. In addition to the suffering of workers and the poor, Conté has incensed the population by releasing from prison a leading figure jailed last year for embezzlement.

His regime controls most of the news media. Text messages on the state-owned network Sotelgui are being blocked to prevent trade unionists' communications.

The government has offered a few concessions to get the strike called off but these have been rejected by the trade unions.

Dave Carr

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 25 January 2007:

Striking to defend public services

Trade unions must give a lead


War and terrorism

Iraq: build for 24 February protest

'No to the US base'


Socialist Party news and analysis

Labour's super-rich friend

Behind the bonus bonanza

Save our school buses

Support the paper that fights for a socialist future


Big Brother

Big Brother viewers reject racist bullying

New Labour hypocrites wade into Big Brother row

Endemol defends racist abuse


Workplace news and analysis

Strike ballots show willingness to fight

British Airways in more battles with workforce

London Underground workers ballot for strike over pay


Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS still needs national demo

New Labour leads the big-business assault

A socialist programme for the NHS


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

When will the bubbles burst?


Socialist Students

Join the national day of protest on 22 February

Building for the 22 February Day of Action


International socialist news and analysis

Sri Lanka: anti-war organiser attacked

Workers brave regime's bullets


 

Home   |   The Socialist 25 January 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Guinea:

triangleGreater Manchester: patients are people not guinea pigs!

triangleLetters

triangleEbola crisis: Consequence of profit before health

triangleEbola virus: Victims of a failed capitalist system

International

International

6/12/17

US

Trump's tax plan: Robin Hood in reverse

6/12/17

Ireland

Irish capitalist state: rotten to the core

6/12/17

Women

Fighting sexism, violence and capitalism - an international struggle

22/11/17

US

Trump's tax attacks

22/11/17

Australia

Australia: massive yes vote for marriage equality

21/11/17

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Mugabe gone - but his regime remains in power

15/11/17

Minneapolis

USA: Historic vote for Ginger Jentzen campaign in Minneapolis

10/11/17

Minneapolis

US: Historic vote for Ginger Jentzen campaign in Minneapolis

8/11/17

Sweden

Sweden: 'Revolution2017' success

8/11/17

Spain

Spain: Madrid rally celebrates October revolution

8/11/17

Minneapolis

US: Minneapolis Socialist chimes with voters

8/11/17

Ireland

Ireland: rail workers demand share of 'recovery'

8/11/17

Ireland

Ireland: dangerous ideas for the ruling class

31/10/17

Catalonia

Catalonia: Rajoy's furious response to proclamation of Republic

25/10/17

Kurdistan

Kurdish referendum declared illegal

triangleMore International articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle8 Dec Local government pay: fight for the full 5% claim

triangle6 Dec Strikers rally in Liverpool

triangle6 Dec Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

triangle5 Dec Victory at Glenfield shows people power can save our NHS

triangle5 Dec Labour council Blairites deselected

triangle30 Nov Victory: Glenfield Children's Heart Centre saved!

triangle30 Nov Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike

More ...

triangle11 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Campaigning workshop

triangle11 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas Quiz

triangle12 Dec Birmingham South East Socialist Party: Can the Labour Party be changed?

triangle12 Dec Liverpool Socialist Party: Fighting council cuts

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2