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Mon, 12 Oct 2009 11:21 - Updated Mon, 12 Oct 2009 11:21

Guinea strike call over killings


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CONAKRY,   -  Trade unions in Guinea have called on people to mark the killings of  more than 150 demonstrators by staying at home on Monday and Tuesday.

The deaths happened when soldiers opened fire on protesters in the West African state a fortnight ago.

Although unions are billing the action as a break from work to mourn those killed, this is a general strike by another name.

Crucially, Guineans are not being asked to take to the streets.

The fear of violence is still foremost in peoples' minds.

Pressure has mounted on Guinea's military government since 28 September, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators calling for Capt Moussa Dadis Camara to declare he would not run for president in next year's election.

This week sees a deadline set by the African Union for Capt Camara to declare he will not run for president or face wide sanctions.

The captain has tried to smooth things over.

On Wednesday, he announced an independent inquiry into the killings but the opposition parties are not interested.

Their demand is for Capt Camara to stand down.

The stay at home call by unions adds to the pressure on the military ruler.