On Friday, June 5th, presidential candidate Dabo and former defence minister Helder Proenca were killed by soldiers sent to arrest them over charges that they were part of a coup plot. Both were considered close to President Vieira who was killed in March as well as the head of the armed forces General Tagme Na Waie. In the wake of the violence, another candidate withdrew from the race on Saturday, June 6.
Presidential election is scheduled for June 28. Coups and political unrest have occurred repeatedly in Guinea-Bissau since gaining independence from Portugal in 1974. In recent years the West African country has achieved notoriety as a transit point for the cocaine trade between South America and Europe, raising the stakes in power feuds between political and military leaders.
The latest incidents illustrate an increasing political violence and heightened political tensions which persist in Guinea-Bissau. Travelers must avoid all public gatherings, political meeting as well as other demonstrations, polling stations, police and military installations, and other government buildings. If a protest occurs while youâre in the streets, find a secure location and stay inside until the situation stabilizes. It is recommended to monitor local media to be warned of any further violence.