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GUINEA 9-2: Video 8-27, Gov’t. Lo-Balled Arrests, Opposition Plans Event-March, Sidya and Cellou at the DNC, and UN Watching Guinea Closely

September 2, 2012

Video is only 1 minute, but gives you a feel for the tension in the streets of Conakry on August 27

New Figures on August 27 Arrests

The Government’s stats on number arrested on August 27 when opposition supporters tried to march revealed 20 police injured and 35 arrested. Au contraire says the opposition which pegs the number arrested at 120, 87 of which are supporters of UDG, the party of Cellou Dalein Diallo. Further, it was reported that most of the opposition arrested were released from jail. The opposition says most of the 120 arrested are still in jail and will probably face political charges which could lead to lengthy sentences. (Africaguinee.com)

Opposition Planning Two Events within the Next Month

Boubacar Sylla, spokesperson for the opposition, announced that on Saturday, September 8, there will be an opposition meeting at the heliport in Belle-vue and on September 20, the opposition plans a peaceful march in Conakry and throughout the interior of the country. (Guineenews.org)

Cellou Dalein Diallo Heads for US

Diallo, president of the UFDG, is on his way to the United States on Sunday to participate in the Democratic convention in Charlotte, NC. Another opposition leader, Sidya Toure, is already in the US and will attend the convention as well. (Africaguinee.com)

UN Expresses Concern About Level of Violence in Guinea

On Friday, the UN human rights council held a press conference in Geneva to express concern about the government violence towards opposition demonstrators on August 27 and a massacre in Zogota in early August where government security forces killed six people. The UN says that is conducting an investigation of the Zogota incident. The UN press statement is posted to this blog.

 

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