Guinea’s Conde Wants to Prosecute Opposition Leaders Over March: Let’s Get Straight About State-Sponsored Violence During March, After March, Wednesday Night and Today
Amadou Tela Bah, died of a stab wound from an RPG thug who infiltrated the opposition march on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.
Today, Justice Ministry spokesman, Ibrahim Beavogui, announced that a “public action” had been opened against organizers of the march for violation of criminal codes Including “altering the agreed upon route.”
According to several Guinean websites, the march was nothing short of massive. A government spokesperson gave numbers for the injured over state TV Wednesday evening: 130 – 68 police, 62 civilians. Today, the number of injured has increased slightly to 138. As of Thursday evening two youths are dead. One was run over by a car along the march route and the second, Amadou Tela Bah, pictured above, was stabbed by an RPG activist who infiltrated the opposition march. The high number of police injured is suspect. Throughout Wednesday, the estimated number of injured climbed from 43 to 51 and now 138. In each estimate, the number of police injured kept apace with civilian injuries. It is impossible to believe that the the police, with their helmets, truncheons, and guns could have suffered 68 injuries. More on this at the end of this post.
Now let’s review the violence step by step.
An apparently seriously injured man lies in the street during Wednesday opposition march and no one comes to his aid.
DURING THE OPPOSITION MARCH – WEDNESDAY
From the website of the UFDG, the party of Cellou Dalein Diallo , ufdgonline.org
Around 2 PM, Conakry time, as UFDG leader, Cellou Dalein Diallo, and his colleagues in a caravan, arrived in Hamdallaye which is where the headquarters of the RPG party of Alpha Conde is located. From the headquarters, RPG activists pelted the caravan with stones. Shortly thereafter, when the marchers passed by the RPG Headquarters, they found themselves pelted with rocks as well. None of the security officers intervened to prevent the stone throwing. This was followed by tear gas set off by police which resulted in the march being cut in two. Security forces moved in swinging truncheons causing many injuries. Then, the security forces took the repression up several notches when they fired live rounds into the demonstration. This resulted in several serious injuries.
Just a short distance from Hamdallaye,in La Miniere, the same scenario unfolded – RPG throwing rocks, lobbing tear gas, truncheon beatings, and live fire. There were several injuries and property damage. There was at least one other such incident along the parade route.
Several peaceful marchers were arrested and taken away to secret detention centers.
AFTER THE MARCH
After the march, it was learned that the home of the Federal Secretary of UFDG Youth, Ratoma 1, had been ransacked by gendarmes who stole several valuable items. Interestingly enough,Bah Oury, VP of the UFDG, living in exile in France, stated in a recent interview that the “kangaroo” trial taking place in Conakry to frame people for a non-existent attack on Conde’s house in July 2011, is targeting opposition youth leaders in Ratoma, in particular.
THEFTS AT THE MARKET TAOUYAH ON WEDNESDAY AFTER MARCH
The following photo and personal accounts are from guineenews.org
Several shops were vandalized in Taouyah after opposition rally in Conakry, Guinea held Wednesday. However, Guinéenews © collected information from a number of victims. Read!
Sekou Kaba, a shopkeeper in Taouyah: “I lost everything”
“I lost a lot of goods. Today, I lost everything. They put the fire in my container. We do not expect that. I request the authorities to support us because we are in need. Us, we were on the other side of the road. We saw the fire take our store and it was too late. ‘
Oury Sow, shop owner”” Oury Fashion: “My last order came to $ 30,000”
“I am a trader in the market Taouyah. I sell clothing and women’s shoes. Whenever there are street protests, people are attacking my shop. This is the third time now that I am a victim. My merchandise has come it does not even three days, behold, they came to all. They broke the wall behind to enter the shop. They have nothing left inside. I can not tell you exactly how much I lost but I know that my last order amounted to thirty thousand dollars ($ 30,000). I know nothing of politics. I am a trader. It is through this that I can feed my family. I’ve been searching for fifteen years now I’ve just lost everything in one day. ‘
Ben Diallo, victim: “My car was stoned four sides”
“I live on this floor for six years. Whenever there are events, we are being attacked. I was lying when I saw a crowd of people in our backyard. They began to break the cars that were parked in the yard. There were at least seven cars. They were all broken. I am not a politician and whenever there are events like this are we poor citizens who take the rap. Stoned with these vehicles, it is not the opposition or the movement that will repair these vehicles, it is myself. We have enough of that now. ‘
Interview by Barry Sarifou
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THROUGHOUT THURSDAY
Gendarmes rampant in the neighborhood Carriere
Posted on February 28, 2013
Local residents Carriere in the community of Matam are undergoing violations of human rights, Aminata.com has learned. A local resident contacted by our editorial said that gendarmes supported by young RPG activists are sowing terror in the neighborhood.
“Help us please, we suffer a lot here. The police and young people break into our homes to steal all the goods they found. They violently beat the young before embarking on the drive to destinations unknown “is unworthy of a young sad voice. “It is unimaginable that we’re living. I saw police go after a young man who they beat to death. His face is completely bloodied, “he adds.
According to several witnesses, the police engaged in violent repression profane ethnic insults such as “you peulhs we will destroy you”, “everyone understands that you are wrong in this country, we will you eradicate “… When we put this article online, the neighborhood Carriere is besieged by police and youth activists RPG arc-en-ciel, some armed with spear stone knives. “You hear the shot?” Said another citizen whose neighborhood is under siege.
A citizen of the area contacted by Aminata.com about the death of a young man who was shot and killed. But for now, no independent source confirmed the killing shot. We will return.
Alpha Oumar Diallo, Aminata.com
Posted on February 28, 2013
The lull between the young opposition protesters and security forces has been of short duration. The clashes resumed this morning between police and young protesters on the axis-Hamdallaye Cosa learned Aminata.com the residents of these districts.
According to our information, the agents of the gendarmerie pour chasseraient now even to private homes of citizens. A Bambeto and Dar Salam, gendarmes entering homes to loot and steal items including mobile, silver, jewelery … They apprehended youth and beat some of them beat some to death. When we put this article online, the forces are engaged in atrocities in Hamdallaye and Bambeto. To be continued.
Alpha Oumar Diallo Aminata.com
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THURSDAY INCIDENT INVOLVING OPPOSITION LEADERS CELLOU DALEIN DIALLO AND MOUCTAR DIALLO
This afternoon Cellou Diallo and Mouctar Diallo paid a visit to the family of the young man, Amadou Bah, killed in the march yesterday. As they left, the vehicle they were traveling in was pelted with rocks by RPG thugs. Security was close by, but did nothing to stop the young men. The incident was over without any damage to people and only slight damage to the vehicle.
Afterwards, Cellou Diallo was quoted as saying that this is how things deteriorated in Rwanda – when none of the security services would offer protection to Tutsis.
During the march on Wednesday morning the intentions of the Conde government were clear because the same scenario is played out almost every time there is an opposition march. The security forces and the RPG thugs work in concert. The RPG provokes an incident by throwing rocks at the opposition supporters. Then, the security forces lob tear gas in every direction and proceed to attack opposition supporters trying to make it appear that the opposition youth were the ones throwing rocks. It is this kind of hoax that allows the government to say that 68 police were injured and that the opposition is the culprit.
And, as you have seen in the previous section, the RPG thugs and security have teamed up again terrorizing opposition areas in Conakry and attacking homes of ethnic Peuls.
Conde, forced by the international community to allow the march to take place, still kept one card in his pocket. He told the international community that he would allow the march but if marchers committed violence, he was duty bound to prosecute them to the fullest extent under the law. Not only did this hoax allow Conde’s government to conduct mass, illegal arrests of opposition youths, more importantly, it allows him to possibly put opposition leaders in jail. After all, Conde has always treated opposition leaders as enemies of the state.
STAY TUNED . . .