Thousands of young people erected barricades and blocked traffic in the Guinean capital Conakry according to reports on February 26 in Agence France Presse.

Teachers had been on strike off and on since December.  In addition, the unions representing other workers and the political opposition called for a complete shutdown of economic activity—a “ville morte” or “dead city” protest.

Teachers refused a 10 percent pay raise offered over the weekend, demanding that a pay rise of 40 percent agreed in October 17 be implemented.  “For as long as the 40 percent increase with back pay is unpaid…we will not be going back to school” the teachers’ unions said.