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article imageBrits urged to leave Guinea 'by whichever means available'

By Miriam Mannak     Oct 10, 2009 in World
As the situation in the African nation of Guinea is deteriorating, the British government has urged its nationals to leave the country.
"We advise UK citizens to leave Guinea unless they have a pressing reason to stay," the Foreign Office said in a statement.
"The level of security in Guinea has deteriorated steadily since the coup in December 2008 and has been made worse by the shootings of September 28 in Conakry. Although Conakry is currently relatively calm with the occasional shooting reported from within the military camps, we advise UK citizens to leave Guinea by whichever means are available to them."
The plea from the UK authorities comes after after a bloody crackdown on opposition supporters two weeks ago, during which 150 people were killed and others were assaulted, raped and beaten up.
The unarmed civilians had gathered at a soccer stadium in Guinea's capital Conakry for a protest against against junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara's possible candidacy for the forthcoming presidential elections.
Camara took power in a coup after the death of president Lansana Conté. He pledged he would participate in the next presidential elections, which sparked anger amongst opposition leaders.
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