M. Kouchner, Whatever You’re Getting from Alpha Conde, It’s Not Worth Making a Fool of Yourself Spewing Anti-Opposition Propaganda

KOUCHNERCONDEAlpha Conde and Bernard Kouchner (long-time buds)
In an Africaguinee.com article, Bernard Kouchner, good friend of Alpha Conde, alleges that the opposition paid supporters to hold demonstrations in Guinea with the objective of destabilizing the country.  Kouchner is in Conakry visiting his old school chum, Alpha Conde.  Kouchner must have been in a talking mood.  He speaks on a range of topics and a little on the stream-of-consciousness side.
Open Remarks to Bernard Kouchner
 
M. Kouchner, Alpha Conde successfully stole both the 2010 presidential election (with your help) and the 2013 legislative elections, and holds a majority in the Assembly. Conde accomplished everything he wanted and everything you wished for him.  So, understand how ridiculous you look accusing the opposition of having paid its supporters to destabilize the country.  If the opposition had financed supporters, there would have been weapons and a better outcome.
 
 
When you accuse the opposition in this manner, you open a can of worms.  It is Conde administration officials and RPG loyalists, such as Conakry governor, Sekou “Resco” Camara and, and social security director, Malick Sankhon, who paid Malinke militias and Donzos to commit murderous attacks in opposition neighborhoods over the past three years, including an attack on the home of opposition leader, Cellou Dalein Diallo. When Diallo publicly accused Sankhon of financing such terror, Sankhon accused Diallo of defamation of character, but withdrew his complaint when he realized Diallo had the dirt on him
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You huff and puff, but you can’t blow the opposition’s house down, primarily because it is ten times the size of the RPG.  If you recall, Le Canard Enchaine tried something similar, accusing the opposition of fomenting a coup, but the story was based on propaganda supplied by a Conde operative.  Le Canard Enchaine’s reputation was damaged irreparably.
Cheap shots look like cheap shots to everyone and, you, as a former Foreign Minister of France, may know that.  In 2010, you did the worst thing you could do to the opposition and the people of Guinea by delivering Alpha Conde to Sekoutoureya Palace.  No need to pile on.
 
 
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UFDG’s Diallo Gathers Party Members to Say “We Need a New Strategy — It’s Probably Not Walking (Marching)” [Audio en FR, Article in FR-EN)

Below is an audio of Cellou’s remarks to party members featuring pics from the gathering.  Following this, is a link to the article in French from Guineenews.  After that, you will find the article translated into English via Google.
 
 
COMMENT:  If the opposition doesn’t stay in the streets, it will become virtually invisible.  Hundreds of thousands of people marching is a tangible act.  It sends the message that they reject Conde and his government.  And, even more importantly, it demonstrates that this is the opinion of the overwhelming majority of the population, a truth Conde has been trying to cover up for a long time.
Diallo, by taking “walking” off the table, is getting prepared to announce that the UFDG will seat its delegates in the National Assembly.  Sounds like some of this “new strategy” is already decided and comes straight from Said Djinnit’s playbook.
 
Yes, the opposition needs a new, multi-faceted strategy, but it should be the party’s youth who get the assignment to scope it out.
 
Stay tuned . . . 
 
 

Meeting UFDG: Diallo pours his anger on Alpha Condé

This is a Diallo, visibly angry, who harangued his massively mobilized Saturday at its headquarters in the suburb of Conakry Mining militants. In twenty minutes, the leader of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG), has called for unity to stop the dictatorship in Guinea Has there been on site.

After a minute of silence in memory of two victims of the security forces, the former Prime Minister said indiscretions. “We are told that Alpha Condé has spent thirty million dollars for 99 MPs. He wanted 99 members but thanks to your commitment, he had only 53 members, it is his vision. “

Later, the leader of the UFDG pounds. “We mourn, we lost two of our young people killed for no reason by the police. We are, I believe, 53 th or 54 th young shot by police and gendarmes Guinea with the blessing Alpha Condé. I know you’re frustrated, too, just like the men who love peace and justice. Why so much hatred, so many crimes directed against militants UFDG Why, since until now Zakariaou no serious investigation has been opened translate sponsors and perpetrators to court It is simply because Alpha Condé and his government hate us. They do not want us in Guinea. Otherwise, any other country in the world where we have killed as much, and so arbitrary as a policeman or a gendarme at least, would have been brought before the courts to answer for the crimes. But they will never be arrested because they execute instructions and they know that their impunity is guaranteed. What do we do now? There is still time to think about strategies. past three years, we are fighting for the establishment of democracy, the rule of law and justice in Guinea, and the country that back in terms of human rights, democracy and national reconciliation. should find the best strategy. There are times when one must stop and think, work with the mind. True, today we have a heavy heart, but it should not continue, what to do? Take time for reflection, it is perhaps not walking. What should we do? Because we can not condone the killings. innocents.qui Most are not protesting. As young Bailo Barry, who was beside her telecentre, when the ball of forces pierced his heart, he died on the spot. Why so much hatred, violence against UFDG? 54 dead in two years. Since April 2011, many were killed, not in their streets but in their family. It often tells us to stop marches and dead cities, but Will it give up our right? We have always responded to question rather forces. But it is hatred and desire to destroy UFDG, intimidating its activists discouraged. Because it is the largest political force that now stands against the dictatorship in Guinea. They know that if UFDG is defeated, there is more resistance. And they use all means not only death and intimidation, but the division and the intoxication of youth, we must disapprove. Today, we are the bulwark, the only force that resists against the dictatorship in Guinea. They will do everything to divide us because they are afraid of UFDG. UFDG If he was not there, Alpha Conde have finished installing his dictatorship. Today they decided to divide us, create clans, clans Bah Oury, Cellou Dalein clans, clans Sadakkadji. All this is to divide us because we are the only bulwark. must refuse. If Guinea is spared some things today, it is because there is UFDG, youth is standing. Nevertheless, they hate us, they do not like us but we are respected. When we say No, No . So reject the division. Guinea has on us. Without UFDG, no justice, no democracy. Instead, it is the exclusion and hatred. They are afraid of us, we are a rampart. They killed us, imprisoned, intimidated, beaten and abused. Nowadays, they use the weapon of division because if UFDG is united, Alpha Condé will not go far. If you are divided, you fun Alpha Condé. They fear our unity and our determination and our commitment. Please, we must reject the division. We fought for three years. They say that investors are left because we put the children in the streets. Yet there is no power or water, is misery in homes. Guinea’s people are counting on us. We have no right to disappoint, nor demolish this formidable force that constitutes the unit UFDG. They tried everything, done everything, but we remained united. debauched Saliou Bela They killed fifty young, Bah Oury pushed into exile, while this to discourage us, but we resisted. Today, they want to divide us. should not accept the division. This is the unit that prevents UFDG Alpha Condé sleep. If you break if you break this unit, if you accept that introduce corruption, money and the creation of common X or Y to split UFDG, Guinea will fall to the lowest, and there will be no democracy. So we will lead the reflection to see the right strategy. But beforehand, it is the unity of the UFDG. Do not ruin this formidable and admirable unity that the world respects and fears that Alpha Condé. When we say, we do. We had fear anyone. We received tear gas, bullets, batons. We were imprisoned, tried and convicted. What have we not been in Guinea? Do not that outsiders say we were afraid. We have not been afraid but we fought. All this is the weapon of division. We were always together. I always been at the forefront when it comes to events. They came to attack me at home. This is you young Bambeto who have come to the rescue. prevented You hooligans and police returned in the courtyard, while tear gas rained down in my yard. You exposed your lives, you have prevented the police from entering the family. We all suffered together. should not accept being told we are not courageous. continue the fight, trust management UFDG, we will not back down. But each situation requires reflection. must work with the heart, of course, but with the mind too. “

Indictment of Former Head of Presidential Guard for Torture During 2010 Election is Good Oportunity to Look Closer at Widespread State-Sponsored Violence Which Brought Conde to Power

Excerpt from a November 29, 2010 statement by Human Rights Watch

“The Human Rights Watch investigation in Guinea showed that members of the security forces used ethnic slurs against members of the Peuhl ethnic group, collaborated with civilian mobs from ethnic groups that largely supported Condé, and in several cases looted and stole property from people who were perceived to have supported Diallo. Although the security forces may have sought to quell the violence that seized the cities of Conakry, Dalaba, and Labé, they failed to provide equal protection to all Guineans, Human Rights Watch said.

Behaving more as predators than protectors, security force members in Guinea have for decades been allowed to get away with abuses including extortion, banditry, theft, kidnapping, racketeering, and excessive use of lethal force, with no apparent fear of being held accountable. Successive authoritarian heads of state have used the security services for partisan ends to repress political opponents, influence the outcome of elections, and intimidate the judiciary.”
 
The full statement can be found here.
 
No state-sponsored human rights abuser has ever gotten what he deserved for crimes committed against fellow citizens of Guinea.  Here is yet another example.  Aboubacar Sidiki Camara, nicknamed “De Gaulle,” former head of the presidential guard was indicted for crimes of torture against supporters ofl candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo, in the final round of the presidential election 2010.  In Guinea, indictments are handed down and the perpetrators never go to trial.
 
But, Camara’s indictment is a good opportunity to learn more about how election violence was used to intimidate and disenfranchise Diallo supporters, largely of the Peul ethnicity.
 
Below are three articles:
 
-an August 1, 2013, statement from international human rights group, FIDH, and its member organization, the Guinean human rights group, OGDH, about Camara’s indictment
 
-second, an October 25, 2010, statement from Amnesty International condemning the “excessive force”  used by Guinean forces during the election
 
-lastly, a November 5, 2010, statement by Human Rights Watch imploring the interim government of Sekouba Konate to restrain Guinean forces’ attacks on civilians
 
The bottom line is that the excessive violence committed by the state took place throughout the campaign, election, and post-election, a period of six months.  The violence included summary executions, raw brutality, and torture.  The victims were largely Peuls
 
 
 
 
FIDH and its member organization in Guinea, OGDH, announce the indictment of commander Aboubacar Sidiki Camara said “De Gaulle”, former head of the presidential guard, for his alleged responsibility for acts of torture committed in Conakry in October 2010 . FIDH and OGDH, behind this procedure and civil parties along with 17 victims in this case, welcome this important step in this judicial inquiry suggests holding a trial.
Guinea: Indictment of the former head of the presidential guard in the case of torture in 2010
July 31, 2013, the judge in charge of the judicial investigation called the “Case torture October 2010” was formally charged and placed in custody commander Aboubacar Sidiki Camara said “De Gaulle,” former head of the presidential guard during the transition period led by Sékouba KONATÉ for his alleged responsibility for acts of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment in October 2010 in a district of Conakry. ”  Justice finally plays its role and place authors suspects face the consequences of their actions. We now need justice applies to all perpetrators of violations of human rights in Guinea, including recent violence in the region NZérékoré and in clashes between security forces and protesters during political marches that took place since the beginning of the year. Justice has been entered, it must go through  , “said Thierno Sow, president of the OGDH. FIDH and had OGDH alongside 17 torture victims, filed a complaint on May 18 2012 against the Commander Sékou Resco Camara, General Nouhou Thiam, former Chief of Staff and Commander Aboubacar Sidiki “De Gaulle” Camara, former head of the presidential guard. Quickly following the complaint of the FIDH and OGDH before the court of first instance Dixinn (Conakry II), the prosecutor had opened an investigation May 29, 2012 , including “unlawful arrest, false imprisonment, intentional assault, abuse of authority, crimes committed in the exercise of his functions “that had identified the alleged command responsibility Sékou Resco Camara and General Nouhou Thiam, both charged respectively on 14 and 25 February in 2013 . In October 2010, according to information submitted to the court, the elements of the bodyguard of the Acting Chairman of the transition were arbitrarily arrested and detained several people and were subjected to torture in the presence and following the instructions Mr. Sékou Resco Camara, General Nouhou Thiam, and Commandant Aboubacar Sidiki Camara said “De Gaulle”. These crimes committed by those in charge of public authority were held on the sidelines of the presidential campaign for the second round and not directly related to it. However, these violations remain symptomatic arbitrary practices, legacies of political violence and a half-century of impunity in Guinea. ”  This new indictment shows that advance education and that a trial is no longer a far for victims of political violence in Guinea hypothesis  , “said Mr. Martin Pradel, lawyer Legal Action Group FIDH and victims. ”  This is the fourth charge of a senior this year for serious violations of human rights perpetrated in 2009 and 2010, it shows that we can not commit such acts with impunity  , “he added. FIDH and OGDH call the Guinean authorities to take all necessary measures to ensure the proper administration of justice, ensuring the safety of its players and especially magistrates in charge of investigations into serious violations of human Man after this series of charges, including that of commander PIVI Claude “Coplan” , the current head of the presidential guard, June 27, 2013 for his alleged involvement in the massacre of the stadium on 28 September 2009. FIDH and OGDH worry that Mr. Claude PIVI and one of his co-defendants in the case of 28 September 2009, Lieutenant-Colonel Thiegboro CAMARA mandated to restore public order in Forest Guinea after clashes international community in the region Nzerekore that would have a hundred deaths. ”  Judicial advances in 2013 are to be commended for this declared by the President as the year of justice year, but send two security officials indicted justice for serious violations of human rights restore order in the province, it seems inappropriate  , “said Karim LAHIDJI, President of FIDH. ”  We ask that they be relieved of their duties until their responsibility for these criminal acts have been decided by a court, which can then decide with confidence  , “he added.

 

 

Amnesty International calls on the Guinean authorities to investigate reports that police used excessive force to quell election protests in the capital Conakry during the past week, leaving one person dead, about 60 injured and more than 100 detained.

Government forces intervened in demonstrations by supporters of rival political parties after the country’s presidential run-off was postponed for the third time on Friday. Security forces fired indiscriminately at unarmed civilians, beat protesters and ransacked homes.

“This ruthless and reckless reaction to the protests is the latest example of violence by Guinea’s security forces, whose brutality habitually goes unpunished,” said Gaëtan Mootoo, Amnesty International’s Guinea researcher.

“The authorities must investigate reports of torture and ill-treatment by its forces and charge or release all those detained, while ensuring that no more lives are claimed by the police’s heavy-handedness as the uncertainty over elections continues.”

Amnesty International understands that at least 15 people were shot by security forces. One person, Ibrahim Khalil Bangourah, is confirmed to have died as a result of his injuries.

Former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo, who took 43% of votes in the first round of the election in June, takes on opposition leader Alpha Condé, who won 18% of the vote, in the presidential run-off.

However, the final round of the election – set to be the country’s first democratic poll after 52 years of authoritarian rule – has now been delayed three times due to what the country’s electoral commission termed “technical difficulties”; reportedly a lack of voting facilities.

The latest cancellation sparked two days of clashes between followers of Conde and Diallo, although calm appeared to be restored by Sunday as a government ban on demonstrations was observed by party supporters.

Eyewitnesses told Amnesty International that police had undressed and beaten several protesters in clashes across Conakry.

“I was sitting and eating with my relatives when the security forces arrived in the yard, threw away the plates and beat us – three of us were taken to the police station,” one released detainee told Amnesty International.

Prominent human rights activist Aliou Barry, president of the Observatory for the Defence of Human Rights, was beaten after trying to speak out against the beatings of other protesters on Saturday.

Amnesty International has called for reform of Guinea’s security forces for years, especially since the “Bloody Monday” massacre of 28 September 2009. On that day and in the following days, security forces killed more than 150 people and raped more than 40 women during and following protests against the decision by the head of state, Dadis Camara, to stand in the presidential elections.

More than 1,500 people were wounded and many people went missing or were detained. Many perpetrators of the massacre remain in positions of authority, protected from prosecution.

Since 2004, arms or training have been provided to Guinea’s security forces from China, France, Germany, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and the USA.

 
 

Guinea: Ensure Restraint by Security Forces During Elections

Source: Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Date: 05 Nov 2010

(Dakar, November 5, 2010) – The special unit to maintain security during the second round of Guinea’s presidential elections, on November 7, 2010, should act with discipline, minimum force, and neutrality, Human Rights Watch said today. While the first round of elections took place in June in relative calm, the run-off election will take place amid heightened ethnic and political tensions.

In May, the Guinean government created the Special Force for a Safe Electoral Process (Force spéciale de sécurisation du processus électoral, FOSSEPEL), with 16,000 members, half of them police and half gendarmes, to ensure security during and after the electoral process. The few clashes between supporters of different political parties before and immediately after the first round were defused quickly and in apparent compliance with the principles of minimum use of force. However, FOSSEPEL officials’ response to political violence in late October in Conakry, the capital, was characterized by excessive force, lack of discipline, criminality, and ethnic partisanship.

“The chances for violence during, and particularly after, this election are very real,” said Corinne Dufka, senior West Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The Guinean security services must do all they can to protect all Guineans and ensure that the electorate is able to cast their votes free of fear.”

General Ibrahim Baldé, the head of the National Gendarmerie, commands the special unit. In July, Baldé signed a much-needed Use of Force Policy, under which Guinean security forces are required to adhere to internationally recognized best practices for responding to violence, including minimum use of force.

During the October clashes, Human Rights Watch received numerous credible reports of misconduct by policemen and gendarmes serving with FOSSEPEL, including beatings and assaults on party supporters. In some cases, the victims were even chased into their homes and workplaces. Based on the reports, some members of the security unit used the unrest as a pretext to loot shops and commit criminal acts, including theft of mobile phones, money, and other goods.

Each of the two candidates for the run-off election is from one of the country’s two largest ethnic groups, and members of each group largely support the candidate from their own group. Cellou Dalein Diallo, of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (Union des forces démocratiques de Guinée, UFDG), is a Peuhl; and Alpha Condé, Rally of the Guinean People Party (Rassemblement du peuple de Guinée, RPG), is a Malinké. Very few Peuhls are members of the security services, though.

Witnesses described how some FOSSEPEL officers targeted individuals for abuse and theft on the basis of their ethnicity, using racially motivated threats and warning them not to vote for a particular party. Scores of protesters were also arbitrarily detained in gendarme camps and denied access to legal representation.

After the unrest in October, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported that at least one person had been killed and 62 injured by the security forces in what it determined was excessive use of force. Members of FOSSEPEL have been implicated in many of the recorded incidents. During some incidents, demonstrators erected roadblocks, burned tires, and threw stones, wounding some members of the security forces.

Instead of initiating investigations into allegations of abuse, FOSSEPEL officials appear to have distanced themselves from responsibility, Human Rights Watch said. Local news sources have reported that senior members of the security forces, including Baldé himself, said the alleged abuses were committed by “uncontrolled elements” within the police, gendarmes, and army.

Political and ethnic tension has been steadily rising in Guinea since September. The body charged with overseeing the election has only recently resolved a leadership crisis, while Guineans have waited through three postponements for the presidential election’s second round. A suspected poisoning of dozens of supporters of the Guinean People Party during a meeting in Conakry spurred ethnically motivated attacks against members of the Peuhl ethnicity in at least four towns. The violence displaced about several thousands of people, mostly from the eastern towns of Siguiri, Kouroussa, and Kissidougou.

The tension has led many diplomats, analysts, and civil society leaders to warn of the likelihood of political violence after the second round. Human Rights Watch urged the Guinean authorities, especially General Baldé, to:

– Direct all members of FOSSEPEL forces to abide by the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials in policing demonstrations, and to frequently, and publicly, reinforce these instructions;

– Reiterate a zero-tolerance policy for criminal behavior and human rights abuses by the police and gendarmes; and

– Inform all ranks of the security forces that credible allegations of human rights abuses by security forces will be investigated and that those responsible will be disciplined and held to account.

The UN principles require law enforcement officials, in carrying out their duties, to use nonviolent means as far as possible before resorting to force. Whenever the lawful use of force is unavoidable, law enforcement officials must use restraint, minimize damage and injury at all times, and respect and preserve human life. Guinean authorities are responsible for ensuring that commanding officers are held accountable if they know, or had reason to know, that law enforcement officials under their command resorted to the unlawful use of force and firearms, and if they failed to take all measures in their power to prevent, suppress, or report such abuse.

Guinean security forces have on numerous occasions in the past used excessive and lethal force and engaged in widespread criminal activities in the course of responding to demonstrations. In 2006 and 2007, about 150 people were killed while protesting deteriorating economic conditions, and 1,700 were wounded. On September 28, 2009, at least 150 demonstrators were killed and 100 women and girls were raped by security forces during a bloody crackdown on demonstrators calling for free and fair elections.

Human Rights Watch also called on the United Nations, the European Union, France, and the United States to exert consistent and meaningful pressure on the security unit’s commanders and Guinea’s political leaders to ensure credible and peaceful elections.

“The second round of Guinea’s elections can be a turning point for people long denied the right to freely elect their president,” Dufka said. “If the security forces remain neutral, act professionally, and respond to any violence by making every effort to protect human life, they can help make this election a victory for all Guineans.”

(VIDEO) Full Coverage of Attack on Diallo Motorcade and Home, Fifty Injured – In Conde’s Guinea, Always Carry a Video Camera

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.

(VIDEOS): Let’s Get Straight About Who the Aggressors in Guinea Are

Unfortunately, the Guinean opposition must spend an inordinate amount of time correcting the numerous lies and propaganda scenarios put forth by the government about the nature of violence in Guinea.  Three videos follow.
 
VIDEOS
 
 
VIDEO #1
 
As Cellou Diallo and his motorcade returned from a court hearing on Wednesday morning, state security forces intimidated those in the motorcade with a heavy presence of officers.  Close to Diallo’s home, two minibuses arrived, filled with Conde’s RPG thugs.  As Diallo and those in his motorcade rushed towards the house, they realized it was surrounded already with RPG thugs throwing stones.  For the next two hours both the police and the RPG thugs hurled rocks and tear gas at Diallo’s house. Many people, as you will see, were seriously injured and overcome with tear gas.  The police prevented ambulances from arriving to pick up seriously injured opposition supporters, many of whom were STABBED in the head by RPG thugs,
 
It’s not certain whether rock throwing is a new skill requirement of the police but, as you will see in this video, they are damned good at it. 
 
The Agressors:  Cops and RPG thugs throwing rocks at Diallo’s home
 
 
 
VIDEO #2
 
Below is an interview with Dr. Fode Oussou Fofana (in French) who provides the political context behind the attack on the home of Cellou Dalein Diallo and the defamation lawsuit Malick Sankhon filed against him.  A while ago, Diallo and other members of the opposition accused Sankhon and others, including Sekou “Resco” Camara, Governor of Conakry, of paying RPG thugs to attack merchants and opposition supporters, primarily in Peul neighborhoods, resulting in serious injury and death.  Sankhon slapped a lawsuit on Diallo, but was nowhere to be found for the court hearing on Wednesday morning. The opposition believes it was Sankhon who set up the attack at Diallo’s home on Wednesday.  Dr. Fofana breaks it down for you.
 
The Politics Behind the State-Sponsored Aggression and Violence Against Diallo, supporters, and other opposition.
 
 
 
 
VIDEO #3
If these are the aggressors of which the government speaks, may they fill the streets of Conakry.  According to Diallo, several of the women who accompanied him to court were arrested by police on the way back because they were not able to run away quickly enough. 
 
Supporters of Cellou Dalein Diallo Accompany Him to Court

(VIDEO-FR): Cellou Diallo Takes the US and French Ambassadors, the European Union Rep. and the Guinean Prime Minister on Tour of Damage Caused by Security Forces and RPG Thugs in Yesterday’s Attack

In the video (further below), Cellou Diallo leads a delegation of diplomats and Prime Minister Fofana on a tour of his property showing extensive damage from yesterday’s attack, including major destruction of several cars.  Note that Fofana, the first to arrive of the delegation, is shown the injuries received by opposition supporters during the attack.  Fofana is repulsed by what he sees and, rather than offering sympathy to those injured, he tells Diallo to hurry along to something else.  As the top-ranking member of Conde’s government, he should be used to many bad things, especially the bloody wounds of youth injured by state security.

 
Then, the “international community” enters the picture.  You will see Philippe Van Damme, the EU representative, Alex Laskaris, the US ambassador, and the French ambassador, Bertrand Cochery – see pics.
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Recall that Van Damme’s supportive statement abut the Waymark contract got him into trouble with the Guinean opposition many months ago resulting in protesters gathering in front of EU offices in Conakry with placards telling him to go back home to Belgium.  Of late, Van Damme has gone on the airwaves in Guinea doing Alpha Conde’s bidding in the propaganda wars about violence in Guinea suggesting that opposition kids and their rocks will bring down civilization as we know it.  Mr. Laskaris, while initially welcomed by Guineans as one who could figure prominently in bringing peace to Guinea, appears to be in the Van Damme camp now blaming kids with rocks instead of the thousands of security forces, militias and other irregular forces who, under the orders of Alpha Conde, are committing ethnic cleansing of Peuls.  As for the French ambassador, it seems his approach is more behind the scenes.  Suffice it to say, all three want Guinea CALM so that the election can be held and Guinea’s “transition” will be complete.  Note at the end of the video, Laskaris and Cochery are talking with Mme. Diallo.  Don’t know whether they are too hot dressed in coat and tie or worried that, if they stay longer, the kids will throw rocks at them, or both, but a quick exit appears to be the cure.  Laskaris’ “calm down” gesture to the crowd as he departs, would do more good if given to Conde and his security forces.
 
The video follows:
 
   

(VIDEOS-FR) – Conde’s Security Forces and RPG Thugs Tear Gas Home of Opposition Leader, Cellou Diallo: Several Injured, Some by Live Fire and UFDG Party Pulls Out of Dialogue Talks

Alpha Conde engineered a political trial against Cellou Diallo in which he is charged with defamation of one of Conde’s cronies, Malick Sankhon. Today was Dailo’s second appearance before the court in this matter and many of his fellow party leaders and supporters showed up to support him.  Trouble began when security forces prevented opposition supporters from entering the courtroom and numerous RPG party thugs were there to further disrupt the crowd.  Scuffles and rock throwing ensued.  As Diallo’s entourage headed back to his home after the court session, they were hit with tear gas and when he arrived home his house was tear-gassed by police and RPG thugs. Other state forces and RPG busied themselves with damaging vehicles and stealing from the home.

The UFDG website is reporting that 15 people are wounded, three of them were shot with live fire and are in serious condition.  There have been arrests as well.  Guinean websites are reporting that after today’s attack on his home, Diallo, has met with the political leadership of his UFDG party and a unanimous decision was made to withdraw from dialogue talks.  No word as to what other opposition parties might do.

This is not the first time Diallo’s house has been tear-gassed by security forces.  Last August, prior to an opposition march, security forces entered Diallo’s home and  let off dozens of tear gas canisters.  Many people in and around the house were overcome by the gas.  Later in this opposition march, Cellou Diallo, Lansana Kouyate, and Sidya Toure (former prime ministers and current presidents of the primary opposition parties) were the victim of an assassination attempt by Conde’s forces as the car they were riding in was hit by live fire and a grenade.

Sadly, today’s events reflect just another day in the lawless land of Alpha Conde where political opponents are treated like enemies of the state.

Several articles below, translated into English by Google.  Various videos of the day’s events follow.  

Stay tuned . . .

 
 
 

The court of first instance Dixin, where the leader of the Guinean opposition, Diallo was convened this morning in the defamation suit  filed by Sankhon Malick, director of social security, the crowd of activists accompanied Diallo, has clashed with security forces who refused them entry into the courtroom. Diallo was also accompanied by some leaders, including the NFD Diallo, Charles Pascal Tolno PPG, and Jean Marc Telliano, president of RDIG and Jean Marie Dore, President of UGG and former prime minister under the Transition General Konate.

 
At the end of the court, the tension rose between the two parties turned into a confrontation, the police fired tear gas into the crowd, young people responded by throwing stones.
 
Upon arrival at home Diallo, his car was surrounded by police, and other young people who participated in the arrests of its activists, he came down, and instantly, the forces of the would order the strikes blows, causing a return of militants dispersed. Cellou Dalein could finally reach his home.

According Maladho Diallo UFDG, the ambulance came retrieve the wounded was attacked by youths who accompany police.

When we post such information, armed with knives and stones youth, reinforced by the presence of police surrounded the home Diallo, throwing stones and attacking passers-by to some facies. Attorney Dixin, arrived at Diallo, promising to free the young injured and arrested, for those who surround her home no word yet.

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Wounded by live ammunition, according to a member of the UFDG

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Fighting continues in the same time in the neighborhoods of Hamdallaye Bambeto-axis. Elements of the security forces clash with tear gas youths armed with stone militants.

Reached by phone Aminata.com, Ousmane Diallo, Executive Office UFDG, says that the party already has several wounded, some by live ammunition. “There are twenty people who are affected either by bullets or by knives and bullets.” said the young assets UFDG.

For him, nothing justifies the violence of the police following the convening of Diallo in court. ” We had left the court, we went to the President of the UFDG home, the traffic was not disturbed except for a few jams. So there was no mess that can justify the throw tear gas. There have been people who have surrounded the home Elhadj Diallo to throw stones in the courtyard. This is are the same practices that the government uses to tribaliser the repression of our members , “says Ousmane Diallo.

According to our information, the ambassador of the United States Conakry visited private home Diallo to inquire about the realities. “Ambassadors came, the prosecutor, lawyers came to see the damage”, says our source. The latest news, traffic is completely disrupted the Hamdallaye-Bambeto where youth and police clash axis. We will return

 
 
 
The home Diallo is besieged since this morning by the police. All cars were destroyed on site. The house was vandalized, objects were looted and taken away. Many of the wounded are counted. Injured they can not evacuate to hospitals to receive health care as police blocked all access to input and output.
Dalein life is endangered. Diplomatic sources say that Alpha Conde has not withstood the pressure that world leaders have put him at the G8 summit. Asked clearly meet the Ouagadougou agreements which stipulate the sharing of power. The G8 Speakers also ordered him to stop the persecution of opposition activists.
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(The public prosecutor of Dixinn at Diallo’s home receiving  details about the attacks)
(After the public prosecutor leaves, trouble begins to heat up again – tear gas)
(The public prosecutor of Dixinn speaking with opposition supporters at Diallo’s home)
(Police, opposition supporters and members of the presidential movement)