(VIDEO) Full Coverage of Attack on Diallo Motorcade and Home, Fifty Injured – In Conde’s Guinea, Always Carry a Video Camera
June 26, 2013
The following video provides full coverage of what happened in Guinea on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, when police attacked the motorcade of opposition party leader, Cellou Dalein Diallo, as he was on his way home from an appointment at the courthouse in Dixinn. It also shows the attack on Diallo’s house by police and RPG thugs. This is an important video in that it provides proof that the police and RPG thugs were the aggressors, that their attacks were premeditated, and that an assassination of Cellou Diallo may have been in the cards.
In its entirety, this video provides a compelling picture of how those who are charged with protecting the people of Guinea are intent on harassing and harming them.
Because this video is an hour long, here is a guide for particular points in the video you may want to check out.
-The video opens with a short montage of video clips highlighting unnerving scenes of the police attacks on Diallo’s motorcade and injuries of opposition supporters.
-After this introduction, for the next thirteen minutes or so, you see the departure of Diallo’s motorcade for his court appointment in Dixinn, the spirited crowd which accompanies him, and his arrival at the court where some of his supporters attempt to enter with him, but are turned away by police. There’s some pushing and shoving, but no attack, no blood and the confrontation ends quickly. Diallo leaves the court and the motorcade heads back to his home with supporters following in a procession. At minute 15:27 a huge truck races into the middle of the crowd from the right side of the road. It appears that ahead of the big truck, a couple of other police pick-ups have abruptly pulled into the procession at the same time. As this is happening, a small group of police officers are lying in wait on the left side of the road and then start hurling stones and tear gas canisters at the procession– some opposition supporters are badly injured. The attack by the police was completely unprovoked.
-After this attack, the opposition supporters catch their breath but it is not long before the motorcade and procession of supporters come under attack again. At the 17:32 minute mark, all hell breaks loose. The motorcade is about to pass Donka school, when tear gas rains down. A couple of police trucks, moving at high speed, careen down the left side of the screen towards protesters. At the last second, the trucks pull to the curb and like a “jump out” squad, they descend from the truck and chase protesters in every direction. More tear gas is set off and people are panicked, running frantically to get away from the police. You will see two women running in the middle of the street, trying desperately to escape the scene. One woman dressed in yellow and orange, does not get far and is apprehended by the police on the right of the screen. Someone needs to make a poster of this moment — the cop holding the woman’s arms behind her back with the words: “This is what democracy looks like in Alpha Conde’s Guinea.” God only knows what happened to the other woman dressed in blue and white who was running in the middle of the street trying desperately to make it to an opposition vehicle for help. As the motorcade leaves the Donka School area the tear gas is so thick and dark, it looks like volcano ash. At this point, the police have turned on the head lamps of their vehicles.
-At the 19:20 minute mark, Cellou Diallo gets out of his car after police vehicles have closed in on his car and pushed back and forth on his bumper. There is concern that the police will kill him on the spot. He tells the police to stop the attack, that it is not a demonstration, but only people returning from the court. The police respond by hurling tear gas causing Diallo and others to duck as the police often use tear gas canisters to hit people in the head. And just in case their intent wasn’t clear, the police shoot their guns into the air. By this time, many of those in the motorcade have abandoned their cars and are walking ensemble to Diallo’s home.
-For the next two hours, police and RPG thugs already stationed around Diallo’s house hurl stones and tear gas into his yard and home. The number of injured and those overcome by tear gas mounts. At the 23:54 minute mark, a man is bleeding profusely seeking refuge inside Diallo’s home with a head injury – a rock or tear gas canister is the apparent cause. A few ambulances arrive to take the most seriously injured people to the hospital, but not all make it out because the police closed all exits from Diallo’s home. Many more injured people arrive at Diallo’s house. At the 29:24 minute mark, you will see a young man lying on the floor with two large gashes in the right side of his forehead — a police officer STABBED HIM IN THE HEAD WITH A KNIFE.
-At the 26:57 minute mark the gendarmerie, who Cellou Diallo called earlier for help, is sitting on the patio waiting from him. A woman seizes a golden opportunity to give them hell to the gendarmes for what happened (presumably, the gendarmerie was not involved in the attack, just the police) and she says, “Cellou Diallo is a citizen. You can’t kill a citizen like that!” You can see the gendarmes are uncomfortable with her lecture and one tries to get her to stop, but she continues the grilling.
-Several times during the video, Diallo provides accounts of the attacks. But, the best clip of Diallo describing what happened begins at the 42:00 minute mark. The audio is clear and Diallo’s description is quite detailed. The scene is at Diallo’s home, PM Fofana has just finished speaking and Ambassadors Laskaris of the US and Cochery of France, EU representative Van Damme and the Gov. of Conakry, Resco Camara are in attendance. Diallo ends his remarks by saying his party has decided to withdraw from dialogue talks.
-The video ends with a walk-through of the damage of the site by government officials and foreign dignitaries.