Opposition Issues Statement, National Strike Today, and Back to the Streets on Monday, May 14
Last evening, the Conde administration banned all further demonstrations — with so many protesters marching yesterday, no wonder.
Below is a statement issued today by the Opposition which congratulates supporters, provides an accounting of injuries, and condemns the aggressive behavior of the state security forces and RPG ruling party activists.
More information on those injured will be provided later.
OPPOSITION COALITION STATEMENT
Friday, May 11, 2012 1:29 p.m.
The ADP and the Collective thank and congratulate all their supporters and sympathizers for the impressive and successful event they have organized this Thursday, May 10, 2012.
Recall that the authorities gave permission for the demonstration, designated the route and pledged to ensure that the police would commit no violence on the demonstrators. Unfortunately, this commitment was not kept.
Instead, “wild forces” intervened in this peaceful march. Concern was expressed about security forces, including the HQ of the RPG:
- Fifty seriously wounded by bullets and knives;
- Several arrests, some at home;
- Confiscations of property, including motorcycles, telephones and money;
- Destruction of private homes;
In addition, it should be reported that RPG ruling party activists attacked opposition supporters by throwing stones.
The ADP and the Collective invite all their members and sympathizers, and all Guineans who love peace, justice and democracy to the day of a national strike, Friday, May 11, 2012 to mark their solidarity and support for victims of these abuses.
Peaceful marches will resume Monday, May 14, 2012.
The ADP and the Collective