Conte Locks Guinea Down
President Lansana Conte has declared a state of emergency in Guinea, the cops have killed dozens of protesters, and US Embassy staff have been told to leave.
Step down, Conte!
The violence started Saturday following Conte's appointment of a close ally from his Cabinet as prime minister. Many said he sidestepped a power-sharing agreement by naming a confidant, and angry youths took to the streets, throwing stones and ransacking buildings. Security forces fired into the crowds.
The African Union issued a statement condemning the military's actions and calling for an independent inquiry.