Guinea's Capital Grinds To Halt Amid National Strike

Guinea's capital city has come to a standstill as workers take part in a nationwide strike.

The Guinean Trade Union Movement, an umbrella group of major unions in the West African country, urged public and private sector workers not to turn up to their jobs, starting from Monday.

The group of unions said it was demanding lower food prices, the lifting of internet restrictions and the release of a prominent media activist.

Schools, shops and roads were empty in the usually bustling city of Conakry, news agency AFP reports.

The strike comes a week after Guinea's military junta dissolved the transitional government - which had been in office since July 2022 - without providing a reason.

The Guinean Trade Union Movement said the strike would be indefinite.