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