An imam gives information on Ebola during Friday prayers at a mosque in Conakry, Guinea, on April 11, 2014
(AFP Photo/Cellou Binani)
reliefweb.int - Conakry, Guinea - February 10, 2015
Around a dozen Guineans were wounded Monday in clashes with police after the arrest of an imam who led funeral prayers for a suspected victim of Ebola.
Demonstrators put up barricades, burned tyres and overturned rubbish bins in the capital Conakry, before using sticks and stones to attack officers who responded with tear gas and baton charges.
"They came for the third imam of our mosque because yesterday he led the funeral prayers in the mosque here for a relative who died a natural death," a protester told AFP on condition of anonymity.
"For the Guinean authorities no one can now die a natural death. All those who die have inevitably died of Ebola," he said.
A policeman told AFP that the officers wanted simply to question the imam on the cause of death and the conditions at the burial.
"It is especially important to know that he didn't have Ebola to ensure the safety of his family and neighbours, including potential contacts," he said.