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Cellou Diallo Calls for Nationwide Civil Disobedience Against Conde Regime

April 10, 2011
It was widely rumored that Alpha Conde, prior to Diallo’s arrival in Conakry, had ordered Guinean security forces to fire upon Diallo supporters gathered at the airport to welcome him.  It appears the order was carried out — one dead, 27 seriously wounded.
By TAMBA JEAN-MATTHEW  (email the author)
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.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Wurie Jalloh permalink
    April 17, 2011 10:22 AM

    The time for politicking?
    That should be ongoing in a democracy as in the case of Guinea snatched from the jaws of dictatorship since independence in 1958.
    An effective opposition must fester the ruling government with any perceived faux-pas in policy that could negatively impact the democratic process. Professor Conde, an exile in France for decades due to autocratic rule in his home land by his tribesman Sekou Toure, and chain smoking Lansana Conte should know that.
    There is no doubt about the militancy of Professor Conde in resisting autocracy in Guinea. Now that he is in the driving seat he must practice his sermon in the past.
    Never mind Cellou Dalein Diallo, the opposition leader he vanquished, and who continues to be a remarkable thorn, Professor Conde’s regime must suck up these festerings as the required attributes of an effective opposition in a meaningful democracy.
    Be tolerant and Guineans and the world are watching.
    Wurie Jalloh

  2. Wurie Jalloh permalink
    April 17, 2011 10:30 AM

    Yours is a remarkable site.
    It gives a voice and a page to the voiceless and a platform to air their views.
    These are essential informal ingredients for a democracy to thrive.
    Bravo et Vive La Guinee vraiment democratic!

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