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Payback is Hell: Conde’s Cops Enter Opposition Neighborhoods with Tear Gas, Billy Clubs Swinging, Stealing Money and Valuables as They Go

February 19, 2013

Several Guinean websites are reporting clashes between police and opposition supporters in Conakry. As an extension of the opposition march yesterday, Guineans were asked to observe a “dead city” today throughout the country in which everyone is asked to close shops, stay home, and keep off the streets. In opposition neighborhoods, youth put up roadblocks in their neighborhoods to prevent the “dead city” from being interrupted by road traffic.

It is common for security services to enter neighborhoods which support the opposition after protests. Guinean websites report there are have been several illegal arrests.

February 19, 2013

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Here’s an excerpt from an Aminata.com article detailing the scene –translated into English via Google with editing by Guinea Oye:

“According to witnesses we contacted, young protesters have barricaded along the highway Prince to block the movement of small vehicles. The reaction of the police was not made to wait, gendarmes intervened by firing tear gas at protesters.

Using stones, young reciprocate. The clashes began, the police chase the young demonstrators. According to various witnesses, including police abuses in the neighborhood of Cosa where they break into private homes to make money and steal valuables.

The police violently beat bystanders before taking their phones and extorting money.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Hassan Dolley permalink
    February 20, 2013 11:25 AM

    I am one of the regular reader of your website,therefore compeiied to make comments aim at oblidging you to to potray nutrality in your publications. in reference to you publication which I received a copy caption` In opposition neighborhoods, youth put up roadblocks in their neighborhoods to prevent the “dead city” from being interrupted by road traffic. This attitude of the youth vehemently violate public peace by by portraying danger to the pedestrains that are carrying out their normal duties as prescribed by the costitution. “DEAD CITY“ does not mean mounting baracades for vehicule and pedestrains. I urge that you as journalists do more to council the Guinean populace-especially the youth to refrain from all sorts of violence. that is in the interest of everybody. violence achieves nothing in this world. I remain perspective to seeing more advices in the subsequent publications.

    • February 20, 2013 5:50 PM

      Thanks for sending in a comment.

      It would be interesting to know how you would counsel Alpha Conde on the actions of his state security forces especially considering the new information about his use of foreign mercenaries – brutal beatings, stealing money, illegal arrests, etc. Of course, these kids are going to put up barricades. Countless times in the past, opposition youth in these neighborhoods have been set upon by state security forces and received beatings, shot at, especially shots to the head, and hauled off into illegal detention. Rocks and barricades versus the power of Guinea’s military, state security, and mercenaries and you want neutrality? There is nothing neutral about what is taking place in Guinea. US historian, Howard Zinn, said it best, “You can’t be neutral on a moving train.”

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