Guinea: release of union leader Sékou Jamal Pendessa, a demand from the strikers

In Guinea, journalist Sékou Jamal Pendessa was released.

The general secretary of the Union of Press Professionals had been detained for more than a month for calling for demonstrations against censorship.

His release, which was one of the demands of the unions which launched a general strike, was applauded by the strikers.

A trade unionist journalist holds up a portrait of Sékou Jamal Pendessa, the general secretary of the SPPG, in front of the labor exchange, in Conakry, January 30, 2024. © Matthias Raynal / RFI

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With our correspondent in Conakry,

Moktar Bah

It was a victorious union movement that sang the anthem of freedom as it left the Conakry Court of Appeal, where union leader

Sékou Jamal Pendessa

had been on trial since Tuesday morning .

After more than four hours of hearing, the public prosecutor, Ousmane Sané, requested three months in prison, suspended and a fine of 500,000 Guinean francs, or 50 euros.

The president of the court, Fatou Bangoura, after deliberating, sentenced the trade unionist to three months in prison, of which one month was suspended and two months were suspended.

Ultimately, the journalist regained his freedom, since he was arrested on January 20.

He was prosecuted for the acts of direct provocation of a gathering through a computer system and the protection of personal data in the Republic of Guinea.

To demand his release, the Guinean trade union movement, an association of 13 trade union centers, called on Monday for an indefinite general strike, which was widely followed.

On the sidelines of this strike movement, clashes broke out between demonstrators and the police, which left two people dead and many injured on Monday.

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