Guinea Ebola riots wound dozens

Conakry - Clashes between protesters and security forces in a Guinean city at the epicentre of the west African Ebola outbreak have left at least 55 wounded, the local government said on Saturday.

A curfew was imposed in N'Zerekore, Guinea's second-largest city, after two days of protests on Thursday and Friday by market stall holders against a team of health workers sent, without notice, to spray their market with disinfectant.

Regional governor Lancei Conde said at least 27 law enforcement officers forces were among the wounded.

"In N'zerekore and elsewhere, there are two camps - those who believe in the existence of Ebola and those who think that the epidemic is imported. Investigations are ongoing," he said.

City prefect Aboubacar M'bop Camara said protesters had "attacked the regional hospital's ambulance, UNICEF vehicles, the vehicle of the cardiologist at the regional hospital (and) the car of a private individual".

Former rebels

Local lawmaker Honomou Kourouma blamed the violence on former rebels, without specifying which groups he was referring to.

"If the turmoil has caused enormous damage, it is due to the presence of suspicious troops populating the city," he told AFP.

"It's no secret that former rebels are in N'zerekore. They are there in plain sight of everyone. They represent a threat to the city, the country and the region," he said.

The population of N'zerekore has more than doubled to 300 000 in the last two decades, due largely to refugees escaping civil wars in neighbouring Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Kourouma's claim was dismissed by Camara, who nevertheless admitted that "security forces were targeted by gunfire".

More than 1 500 people had been confirmed dead from Ebola in four countries - Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria, with Senegal announcing its first case on Friday.

In Guinea, where the virus emerged at the start of the year, 430 people have died.

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Woordelys 2014/08/30 11:38:56 PM
Stupid people.
rofhiwa.ronald.1 2014/08/30 11:49:57 PM
Ebola virus syndrome
Bertus Pretorius 2014/08/31 12:19:06 AM
That is unfortunately the reality of Africa. The uneducated masses are the ones creating their problems mostly themselves.
John Greystoke 2014/08/31 12:30:34 AM
No one can blame the medics if they withdraw from the Ebola effected countries. Their safety is at stake. If they do withdraw their services Africa will have a BIG problem! Especially these backward countries with limited medical resources.
Fedup Emmigrant 2014/08/31 01:43:20 AM
I'm amazed that none if the ANC simians have commented. I do enjoy the double standards employed - on one hand telling the educated few to accept the "african" way or go back to Europe and then on the other demanding western medicine and western intervention to save them. AIDS and Ebola are diseases with African origins - you keep them and rub a ground up root on the appropriate body part.
Mileka Cyn 2014/08/31 06:30:36 AM
Sad that these people are suffering from Academic Suicide cannt differentiate between right or wrong.
Jean Steyn 2014/08/31 08:46:03 AM
I would also have been highly upset if someone sprayed my pears with poison.
Ashely Ash 2014/08/31 09:07:53 AM
Lack of education and primitiveness results to ignorance. I I can't blame them.
Hauke Liefferink 2014/08/31 01:35:57 PM
Two blue Smarties and five Pink Sweets.
Gerald Gangel 2014/09/19 02:46:33 PM
Attack of the zombies? Reminds me of the tv series. Left for dead