In London and New York, Rain and Freezing Temperatures Did Not Deter Guineans from Protesting Alpha Conde’s Brutal Regime (PICS)
On Tuesday, March 12, protests against the regime of Alpha Conde were held in London and New York.
GUINEANS PROTESTING ALPPHA CONDE REGIME IN LONDON MARCH 12, 2013
Enduring incredibly cold temperatures in London, Guineans and their supporters came from several different cities throughout Great Britain to inform the government and public of the dire situation in Guinea under the rule of Alpha Conde. Seizing the opportunity to speak truth to power, the protesters set up camp in front of No.10 Downing Street, the residence of PM David Cameron.
The protesters held signs aloft addressing a host of Guinean issues including fraudulent elections, Conde’s ethnocentric policies, and state-sponsored brutality and murder of peaceful, unarmed demonstrators since Conde stole the 2010 presidential election. Many protesters held very compelling signs showing the victims of Conde’s security forces as well as victims of the September 28, 2009, state-sponsored (ruling military junta) massacre and rape at an opposition rally where 1,200 people were injured, over 200 murdered, and over 100 women were viciously raped. Conde has refused to initiate a credible investigation into the massacre and those that perpetrated it, although he saw fit to appoint two of the most culpable perpetrators to his cabinet.
Finally, since the protest took place in London, protesters took advantage of this opportunity to wave signs (photo above) saying “Tony Blair, where is the “good governance?” a reference to Blair’s “NGO,” the Africa Governance Initiative. Rather than promoting good governance in Africa, Blair has been overly busy with his new, best friend, Alpha Conde, and lining his pockets with commissions garnered from brokering mining deals between investors and the Guinean government, more like Alpha Conde, his son Mohamed and a few good friends.
In addition, it was only fitting that the protesters took a swipe at Belgian Philippe Van Dame, the EU’s representative to Guinea, who, in an attempt to help Conde get over the fraud hump concerning his electoral contractor, Waymark, decided to state openly that he thinks Waymark is technically competent to conduct the work and that he believes the company will operate in a transparent manner. Van Dame’s weighing in on an internal electoral matter landed him in a hornets nest with the opposition. Demonstrators gathered in front his office in Conakry and told him to quit his job and go back to Belgium.
Too bad for Mr. Van Dame’s but his assertions defy all evidence about Waymark, in that it is a fraud-for-hire operation that has “fixed” elections in Africa. Waymark’s reputation is so bad, the United Nations had to “de-list” them from its list of credible firms that can be used in the elections business.
Congratulations to the Guineans who gathered in London for putting on a lively, hard-hitting, speaking truth to power protest!
Below is a slide show of photos from the London protest:
GUINEANS PROTESTING ALPHA CONDE REGIME IN NEW YORK, MARCH 12, 2013
Oh, the rain and more rain. Last year, when Guineans gathered in New York for a protest against the regime of Alpha Conde it rained similarly. But, nothing could dampen the determination of Guineans to once again make their concerns known first, to Guinea’s UN mission and at the United Nations. Around 11am,on Tuesday, a delegation of the protesters paid a visit to the Guinean mission on Lexington Avenue, directly across the street from where protesters lined the block. The delegation asked to speak with the head of the mission, but were told he was gone. Finally, an aide came to the door, took the petition and promised to deliver it to the ambassador.
Then, the protest made a several block march to the United Nations. Along the way, many New Yorkers were in shock at the graphic photos depicting atrocities committed by Alpha Conde’s regime and pulled out their camera to document what they saw.
Upon arrival at the UN, a delegation delivered a letter to the office of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asking the UN to dispatch a “mission of inquiry” in Guinea.