GUINEA: Opposition Neighborhoods Under Siege by Security and RPG Thugs, Conde Hands Out Guns and Machetes to His Civilian Followers,13 Yr. Old Boy Killed, and at Least a Dozen Wounded
- Photos above: top Madina market burned out, bottom – opposition neighborhoods in flames
Friday, during the day at least 30 people were injured in attacks by security forces and RPG thugs.Overinight the assault on Peul neighborhoods, especially Koloma, by security and RPG thugs continued and caused at least three deaths and a dozen injuries.Most of the state security-RPG attacks are preceded by or accompanied by ethnic insults. While Peuls are the largest ethnic group in Guinea, the overwhelming majority of Guinea’s military and security services are Malinke. Since the arrival of Guinea’s first president, Sekou Toure, a Malinke, in 1958, Peuls have been targeted through indefinite imprisonment, torture, starvation, extrajudicial killings, and public hangings. What is happening in Guinea now is the very same thing except with a new ugly head, Alpha Conde.
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- Alpha Conde’s Bodyguard Distributes Weapons and Machetes to Civilians
- Created Saturday, March 2, 2013 1:37 p.m.
Koloma is under siege: military, red berets and civilians armed by the Presidency
Security forces in Guinea.
March 2 – at 11am: Since yesterday, the violence of the security forces and thugs of President Alpha Condé has intensified in the Guinean capital. Last night, for the inhabitants of Koloma, it is as if they were in a nightmare. This case is not just limited to this area. The red berets – guards who protect the President of the Republic – shoot everything they see.
The particularity of Koloma is that a member of the bodyguard of Alpha Condé, named Moses Camara alias ‘Red Devil’ is errorizing poor citizens. Weapons and machetes were distributed to relatives of Alpha Condé and those turned into warriors against the unarmed residents.
Already, a young 13 year old boy has been killed by the bodyguards of Alpha Condé. Abdoulaye Sow, lived in the neighborhood Koloma 2 and is from Diaguissa (Dalaba).
Koloma is under siege: military, red berets and armed civilians by the Guinean presidency decide who should live or die in this area of Ratoma, stronghold of the opposition.
Currently, there are several gunshot wounds and armed attacks continue in neighborhoods in other towns of the capital, Conakry, such as Matoto.
Since the peaceful march of the Opposition, 27 February 2013, elements of the security forces loyal to Alpha Condé, and party activists Alpha Conde, are in the process of killing and torturing opponents and poor people Conakry.
What happens to Koloma is far from an isolated case. The bodyguards of Conde can not besiege a neighborhood of Conakry, not far from the fortress of the U.S. Embassy that the order does not come from the President Condé himself. There’s a systematic policy and strategy for “watch” opponents and people suspected to be close to the Opposition.
To be continued.
(This is the latest news on the violence in Guinea from opposition party, UFDG, of which Cellou Dalein Diallo is president)
Friday, during the day, at least 30 people were injured in attacks by security forces and RPG thugs.
Overinight, the assault on Peul neighborhoods, especially Koloma, by security and RPG thugs continued have caused at least three deaths and a dozen injuries.
Most of the state security-RPG attacks are preceded by or accompanied by ethnic insults. While Peuls are the largest ethnic group in Guinea, the overwhelming majority of Guinea’s military and security services are Malinke. Since the arrival of Guinea’s first president, Sekou Toure, a Malinke, in 1958, Peuls have been targeted through indefinite imprisonment, torture, starvation, extrajudicial killings, and public hangings. What is happening in Guinea now is the very same thing except it hasa new ugly head, Alpha Conde.
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March 2, 2013 11:15 AM EST |
CONAKRY, Guinea — A witness and the Red Cross in Guinea say that a 13 year old boy was shot dead during clashes between security forces and opposition marchers in the capital.
Idrissa Bah says the 13-year-old was shot twice by security forces early Saturday, and died from his injuries.
Camara Sory, with the Red Cross, confirmed the teenager’s death and said that the body of Abdoulaye Sow will be taken to the morgue at a nearby hospital. Sory said at least seven others had been injured in clashes yesterday.
Despite the appeal of the Head of State for calm, gendarmes armed with assault rifles containing ammunition continuing abuses in Koloma district in the town of Ratoma,
The repression by the police often backed by supporters of RPG arc-en-ciel terrorizing citizens of that neighborhood. Throughout the night of Friday, gendarmes rampant in this neighborhood of private homes burning, burning private vehicles near the supposed opposition. Koloma district is currently besieged by men in military uniform.
A Koloma2, sector3 for example, looters have attacked a one storey house of a citizen accused of belonging to the opposition taking the shot all its contents before the fire. The looting operations are covered by gendarmes stationed a few meters from the house targeted.
A resident reached by telephone by Aminata.com, says he lost everything. Mamadou Diallo Faadja victim, father says looters broke into his yard and burned in a car first. “We were locked in the house. They burned our two-storey building. So we could not go down. They took everything. Now as we speak we are in the hospital, we expect the results of our consultation, “reflects Mamadou Diallo Faadja.
Also in this area, two young men were killed. One young man was killed with live ammunition by heavily armed police. The second victim was shot and stabbed before dying on the spot. Entire families are now leaving their homes to escape the violent repression. In some places, the police utter ethnic insults before attacking their target. Live ammunition resonates even now in this neighborhood besieged since last night.
At the same time, in a neighborhood of Matoto, youth barricaded the highway Fidel Castro bastonnant anyone walking in the area. Young people, including Mamoudou Telly Barry, were in a 4X4 vehicle were attacked by security forces and nearly beaten to death before being robbed of 4 million Guinean francs. The two young victims had their vehicles completely ransacked. One of them took refuge in a concession to escape lynching.
One killed in Guinea despite appeals for calm
(AFP) – 57 minutes ago
CONAKRY — Soldiers killed one young person and wounded several other people in Conakry, witnesses and a doctor said Saturday, despite appeals for calm following days of political violence.
But it was not immediately clear whether the shootings on Friday evening were linked to demonstrations by the opposition calling for transparency during May 12 legislative elections.
A 15-year-old boy went to buy bread when soldiers “opened fire on him from point-blank range,” a member of his family told AFP.
A witness and a doctor said 13 people were wounded, including one who died in a hospital.
Security forces “fired live rounds on well-targeted people who were not protesting in the neighbourhood” of Koloma, a witness said.
“They’re continuing to fire live rounds on the population. I confirm that one of the young people wounded died this (Saturday) morning at the Mother and Children Clinic” in Conakry, doctor Abdoulaye Barry, who heads a medical centre in the suburb of Dixinn, told AFP.
vIt was the third death since mass opposition protests erupted Wednesday, which prompted both UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Guinean President Alpha Conde to call for calm on Friday.
Violence broke out during a Guinean opposition demonstration in Conakry Wednesday, leaving some 130 people wounded including 68 police, Guinea’s security minister said.
A student later died of his wounds, a hospital source said. Meanwhile, the government said a police officer died of his wounds suffered in the protests.
A coalition of opposition parties on Saturday called for an end to the actions by security forces that “endanger the lives and property of numerous citizens whose only crime is to have responded favourably to calls for an opposition protest,” they said in a joint statement.
Thousands had gathered for Wednesday’s demonstration to demand transparency in elections scheduled for May 12 and protest against the South African company selected to revise the electoral roll.
The vote in the troubled West African country was due to have taken place in 2011 and has been postponed several times already.
On Thursday, clashes took place between security forces and young people in suburban neighbourhoods of the capital deemed favourable to the opposition.
On Friday, those selling mainly automobile spare parts clashed with food sellers.
The Guinean League for Human Rights on Saturday urged the government to “shed light on the serious human rights violations committed this week and bring the suspected perpetrators to justice to break the culture of impunity.”