Guinea Opposition Calls for International Mediation
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Faced with the escalation of violence and the resurgence of ethnic conflict in Guinea, coalitions of Guinean opposition parties demand the immediate establishment of an international mediation that would facilitate political dialogue, learned your daily online Guinéenews in a statement released Saturday.
Since the successful progress of the opposition on February 27, real punitive expeditions were organized by leaders of the ruling party backed by the gendarmerie and police assault and abuse activists and opposition supporters on the sole ground they have massively participated in this event which saw an unprecedented mobilization.
This situation is all the more unacceptable in that marching was not forbidden. Activists and opposition supporters who marched in calm and good humor were removed from the march at any time along a route approved by the authorities.
These attacks accompanied by brutal arrests that are still ongoing in many parts of the suburbs of Conakry have caused the death of a policeman and two young people whom, as a result of live ammunition by security forces who wear weapons of war to maintain order.
Four days after the beginning of the riots, the security situation continues to deteriorate because of the turn that communitarian take the trouble and the inability of the police to ensure the return to calm.
Before the outbreak of violence and the resurgence of ethnic antagonisms real bearing seeds of civil war, opposition solemnly calls the international community to serious dangers that threaten peace and political stability in Guinea and in the sub-region.
ADP, the Collective and CDR welcome the convergent efforts of the international community, including calls for restraint and dialogue initiated with the authorities and the political class. They demand immediate implementation of international mediation that would facilitate a political dialogue that the current authorities refuse to engage in with the opposition, which would contribute to the easing of policy and the completion of a political transition opened for more than four years, credible and peaceful parliamentary elections.
ADP, the Collective and CDR in order to prevent existing conflicts from escalating into a general confrontation between ethnic communities, also requests that the international community demand that the Guinean Government effectively assumes its duty to ensure the safety of persons and their property while putting an end to violations which target human rights by the security forces.
Opposition reiterates its call to the Guinean people for calm and restraint and expresses its compassion for the victims of these tragic events.