ABOUT GUINEA OYE
This blog was initiated in October 2009 in the wake of a state-sponsored massacre unleashed on a gathering of Guinea’s political opposition on September 28, 2009. Guineaoye dedicates this blog to the memory of those who died in their pursuit of freedom that day and offers solidarity to the Guinean people as they continue their struggle.
The purpose of this blog is to offer readers current information and analysis on the administration of Alpha Conde, efforts to obtain justice for the victims of the September 28, 2009, state-sponsored massacre, (background below), the international community’s use of “preventive diplomacy” to determine the path of Guinea’s political transition, news from the National Assembly and the Conde administration’s ethnocentric policy against Peuls.
Guinea Oye! will also provide historical perspectives on the November 2010 presidential election and the international community’s pressure on the International Criminal Court to halt the investigation of the 2009 massacre.
Finally, this blog will feature photos and videos so that we may hear about the struggle directly from Guineans themselves.
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BACKGROUND ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2009
Upon the death of President Lansana Conte in 2008, the Guinean military took over the country with Capt. Dadis Camara at the helm of the junta.
Initially, when Camara took over the government in December 2008, he promised that neither he, nor any of his soldiers, would run for president. In August 2009, in an about-face, Camara declared his candidacy. The people of Guinea protested this decision and on September 28, over 50,000 demonstrators gathered in the sports stadium in the capital of Conakry for an opposition rally. But, the enthusiasm of the protesters soon turned into terror as a bloodbath ensued. Guinea’s armed forces, along with foreign mercenaries, opened fire on peaceful, unarmed citizens. At least 200 people were killed. The actual number of dead is higher given that authorities, in an attempted cover-up, threw many bodies into the sea from helicopters and, for obvious reasons, the official count does not include them. In addition, in one of the most heinous displays of violence ever seen in Guinea, over 100 women were stripped publicly and raped by soldiers, many using both guns and knives.
Most of the people murdered and women raped are of one particular ethnic group, the Peuls. None of the perpetrators of this massacre have been brought to justice.
For more information, please see the Human Rights Watch Report, “Bloody Monday” Guinea Junta Attack of September 28, 2009