Cellou Diallo Calls for Nationwide Civil Disobedience Against Conde Regime
Posted Sunday, April 10 2011 at 13:10
The runner-up in last year’s Guinean presidential elections is threatening a nationwide civil disobedience campaign if 67 members of his party are not released from detention by the newly elected government of President Alpha Condé.
Cellou Dalein Diallo warned that the opposition in Guinea will not allow the government of President Alpha Condé “to trample on the rights of citizens” as the military dictatorship did in the past.
“There is a conspicuous threat to our civil liberties that we have attained through long years of struggle and hard sacrifice…and this is inadmissible,” Diallo warned.
The opposition leader made the statements during a press conference in Conakry on Friday following his return home at the end of a three-month visit abroad.
During a welcome march by his supporters in the capital Conakry, there was a confrontation with the police that left one person dead and 27 others seriously injured.
President Condé’s government accused Diallo’s supporters of creating “unnecessary tension” and denied reports of any death or injuries which were later confirmed by independent sources.
‘Institutionalising ethnic hate’
Diallo said Guinea was at the brink of returning to a lawless state both from his personal assessment and a situation report addressed to him by his party headquarters.
He accused the government of President Condé of “institutionalising the ethnic divide, hatred, discrimination and lawlessness” in the country.