VIDEO: Is Guinea in Danger? Plus: Campaign Vehicle of Diallo’s Wife Attacked by RPG Youth and Set Afire, Fighting Among Youth in Conakry

2013-09-22 17:56:56

Nous venons de l’apprendre, le véhicule de campagne de Hadja Halimatou, épouse de Cellou Dalein a été attaqué et brûlé à Taouya par les partisans d’Alpha Condé réunis au coin appelé Kankan koura.

Le cortège de Hadja Halimatou qui partait en campagne à Taouya a été attaqué par deux groupes à deux niveaux différents. Ce qui laisse comprendre que l’action a été planifiée et qu’on l’a attendu pour l’agresser. En ce moment même, il y aurait des affrontements entre Malinkés et Peuls dans la zone.

Cela se produit au moment où des voix s’élèvent jusqu’en Europe pour mettre le monde en alerte face au danger que représente Alpha Condé pour la paix et la stabilité de toute la sous-région ouest-africaine (Suivre: La Guinée Conakry en danger). Dans cette émission on parle également du fait qu’Alpha Condé ne devrait même pas être président, n’ayant pas gagné dans les urnes malgré les fraudes organisées avec les ordinateurs volés de la Ceni (Lire).

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GUINEA: Ethnic-Religious Violence in Nzerekore, Beyla

nzerekorebeylaNZEREKORE IS NEAR BORDER WITH LIBERIA AND BEYLA IS NEAR BORDER WITH COTE D’IVOIRE
Since an incident at a gas station on Sunday in Nzerekore, the administrative capitol of the Forest region, where a man of the Koniake (Malinke) ethnic group was shot by the station keeper, a man of the Guerze ethnic group, for stealing, the situation has escalated dangerously.  Aminata.com is reporting this morning that fighting continues in Beyla between the two ethnic groups and hospital quthorities say 40 people are dead, primarily by firearms and machetes.  Further, a least 100 people  have been wounded.  Health care facilities in the area are completely overcome.

 
Adding a religious edge to the conflict is the burning of churches (Guerze are Christian) and mosques (Koniake are Muslim).
 
And, a political twist.  Forest region natives Claude Pivi and Thiegboro Camara, members of Conde’s cabinet and long thought to be the primary perpetrators of the September 28, 2009, massacre in Conakry, have gone to the area of the fighting in the Forest region. 
 
Stay tuned . . . 

Guinea: 15 Dead in Three Days in Conakry, Security Forces and Malinke Militias Implicated

Within the last few days photographic evidence and testimonies of eyewitnesses have surfaced regarding attacks over the last few days by security forces and Malinke militias.  In the course of three days, at least 15 have been killed, many by bullet fire.  Further below are various news reports, videos and pictures.  

 

No one should be confused about what is taking place.  Guinean security forces, along with Malinke militias are ravaging opposition, largely Peul, neighborhoods — stealing  valuables, ransacking homes, assaulting residents, including women, children and the aged, burning homes, and killing people.  In an attempt to protect their families and to prevent state-sponsored forces from entering their neighborhoods, young men build barricades in the street and arm themselves with pipes and rocks.  But, these weapons cannot compete with live rounds from the security forces, especially kill shots, delivered at point blank range in the head or neck.  Conde’s “security” forces are committing summary executions in the streets of Conakry.   Invasions of Peul neighborhoods is a standard element of Conde’s post-demonstration repression against the opposition and has been for three years.

 

Ever since Alpha Conde decided to run for president back in 2009, violence has been his modus opernadi.   When Conde ran for the presideny in 2010, he did not have much of a following.  He forged one among his fellow Malinkes and several smaller parties.  Yet, the opposition constitutes a majority of the electorate and the majority of its members are Peul.  To compete against this majority, Conde resurrected the pogroms of hatred that Guinea’s first president, Sekou Toure, unleashed on Peuls forty years earlier.  These pogroms resulted in over 50,000 killed,  thousands condemned to years in prison and summary executions, some by public hangings.  Before this, ethnic groups in Guinea enjoyed good relations.  But, Sekou Toure single-handedly ripped the country apart and, while relations were better under Pres. Conte, he did irreparable damage.  So, in 2010, for a head of state to resurrect Toure as a campaign rallying cry is nothing short of a call for ethnic cleansing.  A favorite saying of Conde’s supporters was “anyone but a Peul” for president.

 

On several occasions throughout the campaign,  Conde incited young Malinkes, accompanied by military men in plain clothes, to attack Peul neighborhoods throughout the country.  As is happening now, people were killed, homes were ransacked and businesses were burned.  In many towns women were raped as well.  The goal of this violence during the campaign was to force Peuls to flee their homes making it impossible for them to return to vote in their home districts.  Wholesale disenfranchisement of opposition voters and repression of Peuls — a twofer.   Because of Conde’s theft of the election, he arrived in office without a mandate to govern.  Leaders without mandates spend an inordinate amount of time planning violent schemes to repress the people who did not vote for them.  This is why Conde has been so reluctant to allow the opposition to march.  With hundreds of thousands of people in the street calling for his resignation, the world sees clearly that he does not have the support of the people and never did.

But he has the muscle and firepower on his side.  With his 40,000+ military, his numerous Malinke militias which he had trained in Angola, and Donzos (hunters from the forest region), Conde can easily mount a full-scale ethnic war.  With little complaint from the international community, which continues to obsess over elections as the only way to stabilize Guinea and guarantee investor confidence, and hardly a peep from international human rights organizations over the last six months, there is little to stop him.

The opposition must be and remain in the streets. They cannot make an impact by staying home.  It is the confrontation between the opposition and forces of the state that makes the news, worries the investors, and challenges the members of the international community to decide just how long they can support Conde before their own hands become bloody.

Below, the sad, awful truth of the last few days in Conakry, Guinea. 

Guinea: 15 dead in three days in Conakry forces implicated

Excerpt:  Contacted by RFI in the evening, Dr. Oumar Balde, surgeon at the Polyclinic Dogomé in the neighborhood Coza, takes stock of this new day of violence. ”  All the people were not in the service, because of the roads are blocked  , “said the doctor, whose service was”  overwhelmed  “by the influx of wounded.

Wounded ”  by throwing stones, by knives and guns  , “said the surgeon. Fifty wounded were admitted to the service, including ”  seven were wounded by firearms.  “Wounded continued to be entrusted in the evening.

”  I have not been in the service of deceased. I was told that we had to send the body home, but in the meantime, it is Doctors Without Borders has been called to take the body to the morgue. He was killed in the neighborhood, at close range by police, according to what was reported to me  , “said the doctor RFI. He also said that Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross have sent reinforcements to his service to help ”  organize the reception of other patients that are going to lead us in an emergency.  “

According to hospital sources, since Thursday, at least 15 people were killed, most firearms. 

VIDEO: The following video shows panicked residents of an opposition neighborhood trying to put out a house fire set by security forces and Malinke militia members.

Five more killed as Guinea protests escalate

Published: 1:02P May 26, 2013 Source: Reuters
Anti-riot police clash with opposition protesters in Conakry (Source: Reuters)

At least five people were killed when security forces in Guinea opened fire on protesters in opposition strongholds in the capital, medical sources and witnesses said.

The violence brings to 11 the number of people killed since Thursday in unrest that began over election preparations but has frequently degenerated into looting and clashes between ethnic groups.

“According to our information, they [the five] all died after being shot,” said Thierno Maadjou Sow, president of the OGDH human rights group.

A doctor who runs a private medical clinic said there were many wounded, including two girls between the ages of six and eight who had been hit by gunfire.

Government spokesman Damantang Albert Camara confirmed the toll since Thursday had risen to 11 with Saturday’s deaths.

“Rest assured that we are in the process of taking steps to stop this escalation of violence,” he said without giving details.

Legislative elections are intended to complete Guinea’s transition to civilian rule following a military coup in 2008. The opposition accuses the government of trying to rig the vote, due on June 30, and regional diplomats have struggled to get both sides to take part in talks to reduce tensions.

The ruling party draws on the Malinke community for much of its support while the opposition is dominated by the Peul ethnic group.

Global miners like Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Brazil’s Vale have slowed billions of dollars of investments in the west African nation, citing political uncertainty as one of the reasons. 
 
 
PHOTOS:  Man beaten to death by gendarmes
 
From aminata.com:  Apologies for the grainy and ridiculously small pictures. In the first photo, the man in white pants is apprehended by two gendarmes and one is beating him with a baton. In the second picture, they have the man on the ground and are beating him — they appear to be removing his pants.  The final picture is, well, final.  The man died at the scene.  Note that the security forces did not hide the fact they beat this man to death.  All out in the open, in broad daylight.
Ce jeune vient d'être arrêté injustement par des gendarmes
Un gendarme est en train de le tabasser violemment.
Il vient de rendre l'âme après avoir été battu par des gendarmes

The government of Alpha Condé is ready to liquidate the political leaders?

L’oeil of GuineeActu  Samedi, May 25, 2013 4:34 p.m. guineeactu.com

On Monday, May 13, 2013, the National Council of Vigilance and Defense of the Homeland (CNVDP) issued a press release that alerted Guineans  to the “physical elimination and imminent danger threatening Diallo, President of the Union of Forces democratic of Guinea (UFDG) and a future threat to other political leaders of the Republican opposition. “ Some commentators have suggested this is nothing but frivolous gossip and fantasies. And yet …

During the course of the opposition march last Wednesday, May 23, we were able to follow a truck carrying uniformed men, who accompanied the Malinke militias who carried axes and large stones. At one point, the truck dran  into the vehicle of opposition leader, Cellou Dalein then made front-to-back movements ramming into Diallo’s car several times. Then, a man escorted by the same men in uniform threw a big stone on the vehicle, hitting the president of the GECI opposition party, Fode Soumah, before hitting Diallo in the head. A radio station disseminated information saying that the government was going to liquidate two leaders in the morning.

What we see is that Diallo leaves his life in the hands of Allah, for the people of Guinea, for democracy, so that nothing shakes more.

See for yourself the pictures below.


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GUINEA UPDATE March 7: The “Waste of Time” Mtg. Part 2, Postponement of Burials of Opposition Murdered by State, Attacks on Radio Stations, and Conde’s Balaclava Brigade Pays Visit to Journalist’s Home

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Government Dialogue Meeting with Guinea’s Political Class

The second government dialogue meeting with the “political class” takes place this morning. The meeting is chaired by Prime Minister Fofana. The opening meeting of the dialogue was held earlier this week on Monday, March 4. The opposition sent a delegation consisting of opposition spokesperson, Aboubacar Sylla, and two other representatives. The opposition considered the meeting to be a “waste of time” because Conde was not interested in a true dialogue between himself and participants. The same delegation will represent the opposition today as well. More information as it becomes available.

Burial of Martyrs Murdered by the State

Yesterday was to have been the burial of the youth who were killed by state security and RPG members during and after the February 27 march. The head of the National Transition Council, Rabiatou Serah Diallo, and religious leaders paid Cellou Dalein Diallo, opposition leader, a visit earlier in the week to ask him to postpone the planned burial procession that would involve several thousand Guineans. According to Rabiatou Diallo and the religious leaders, it would be dangerous to have so many people on the streets after such intense violence in the country. Cellou Dalein Diallo agreed to the postponement, but not for long, it appears.

IFJ condemns attacks on radio stations in Guinea-Conakry

6 Mar 2013 14:24

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) yesterday, 5 March 2012, has condemned the attacks on two private radio stations in Guinea.

According to Union of Free Radio and Television of Guinea and other independent sources, the Planet FM and the Renaissance FM stations were attacked on Friday 1 March and Sunday 3 March 2013.

Shots were fired at parts of Planet FM’s recording studio as an opposition leader was being interviewed, while other acts of violence targeted the premises of Renaissance FM at night. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

“We condemn the attacks and call on authorities in Guinea to investigate these incidents, arrest perpetrators and bring them to justice,” said Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa Director.

Political tensions have risen ahead of legislative elections due to take place this year in Guinea. The IFJ recalls the importance of safeguarding the safety and security of journalists in the course of their work, thus promoting press freedom which is one of the pillars of a democratic country.
Source: allAfrica


Political crisis in Guinea: Journalists targeted

Posted on March 7, 2013

Sociopolitical crisis that shakes Guinea for some time, is getting worse.

After the march of the Guinean opposition has recorded that there are 9 dead and over 100 injured by gunshot, the violence takes another disturbing turn.

It is now journalists who are subject to targeted attacks. This is the case of our colleague, the Director of the weekly publication “The Challenge” and “bête noire” of the regime of Professor Alpha Condé, Thierno Mamadou BAH, was targeted in night of 6 to 7 March.

Indeed, according to our information, the home of our colleague has been the subject of a visit by the least unexpected — men in uniform, armed and masked. The guards providing security at the journalist’s home have long dealt with unexpected visitors.

The first (journalist’s guards) stationed inside and the second (the masked men) outside held an extensive exchange. According to one of the guards, “the people there wanted to know if the boss is there. As we could see them from a device that has to watch out here without being seen, we realized that there were many and we heard Malinke and Konia (Guinea Oye not: Konia is a region along the border between Guinea and the Ivory Coast, where Donzos (hunters) mercenaries, who have been involved in several attacks in Guinea against Peuls, are from). Since I am Malinke and Sousou is my second language, we addressed them in our languages, to let them know that Mr. BAH would not be coming home tonight and that he has not been sleeping here for 6 days. We asked what was the problem?

They told us that our boss is against the government and they will find him and kill him. They said to tell him to stop writing against the teacher (Guinea Oye note: Conde is called “the professor”) and stop talking to the Planet FM radio and RFI. They told us that we were not worthy of being Malinke and Sousou and we should not work for him. We pointed out that we work for a security company. They leave.

This testimony from one of the guards who guard our brother demonstrates the seriousness of the situation.

This alarming visit suggests that this was a kidnapping attempt and it adds to the attempted assassination of our brother Mandian Sidibé, Executive Director of Planet FM has been on 3 March.

Sidibe’s program is fully political, and a violent force of bullets rang through the the premises of the radio Planet FM. Also, note that our colleague, Nouhou Baldé from guineenews.org was attacked by thugs armed with clubs and stones.

Journalists who are critical of the government and independent are no longer able to freely practice their profession. Is this not a decline in democratic achievements? To be continued!

Conde’s Gendarmes Shoot Seven Residents in Peul-Opposition Neighborhood, Killing One

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Protester shot dead, Guinea election talks falter

By Saliou Samb

CONAKRY (Reuters) – At least one person was killed and six others wounded on Monday when Guinea’s security forces opened fire in the capital, a human rights group said, warning of a deepening ethnic conflict stemming from rows over forthcoming legislative elections.

Main opposition figure Cellou Dalein Diallo (L), who was defeated by President Alpha Conde in the 2010 election, takes part in an opposition protest to demand a free and fair parliamentary election, on the streets of the capital Conakry February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Saliou Samb

Cellou Dalein Diallo, president of the UFDG party with other opposition leaders at February 18, 2013 march.

The gunfire broke out shortly after a meeting called by President Alpha Conde aimed at ending days of unrest that has spread beyond the capital and now killed at least six people.

Hundreds of protesters have been wounded since the unrest began on Wednesday. Guinea’s notoriously ill-disciplined security forces have a history of brutal crackdowns on protests.

“Seven people were hit by bullets fired by the security forces,” Thierno Maadjou Sow, head of Guinea’s main human rights watchdog, OGDH, told Reuters.

“One of them, Mamadou Aliou Bah, died from his wounds,” he added. “It has become an ethnic battle between the Malinke and the Peul. Wherever one group is in the minority, they are attacked by the other.”

Government spokesman Damantang Albert Camara said the situation was “worrying” but would not give a toll for Monday’s clashes.

Behind Guinea’s political feuding there is a rivalry between the Malinke and the Peul, Guinea’s two largest ethnic groups. The Malinke broadly support the government while the opposition draws heavily from the Peul.

Conde wants to discuss preparations for a long-delayed election that is meant to complete a transition to civilian rule after a 2008 military coup. He missed a deadline on Sunday for a presidential decree to officially call the election for May 12.

Preparations for the vote, which is essential to unlock hundreds of millions of dollars in European aid to the world’s largest bauxite supplier, are being hampered by opposition claims that the government is seeking to rig the outcome.

A reduced opposition delegation, led by spokesman Aboubacar Sylla and former Prime Minister Jean-Marie Dore, went to the talks on Monday with Conde, who narrowly won a 2010 election.

“We put forward our demands and argued that today our country has need of peace and development,” Sylla said after the meeting. The opposition reiterated its call to replace South African firm Waymark which manages the electoral roll, he said.

A source who took part in the talks, and asked not to be named, said the brief meeting was concluded after statements from both sides and did not involve negotiation.

“This was simply a preliminary meeting to set a framework for dialogue,” Camara, the government spokesman, said.

Earlier on Monday, the violent protests had spread to Labe, a fiefdom of opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo, in central Guinea, some 450 km (280 miles) from the coastal capital.

“We are showing our support for our dead and injured brothers in Conakry,” said Yimbering Diallo, a Labe resident. “We demand free and fair elections.”

(Writing by Daniel Flynn and David Lewis; Editing by Jon Hemming)

Copyright © 2013 Reuters

Alpha Conde Starts His Planned Civil War in Guinea

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When the international community leaned on Conde to play nice and allow the February 27 march to take place, people who know little about Guinea may have thought things were improving a bit. Little did they know that, for Conde, rather than the march being a problem, it was an “opportunity” to unleash a civil war he has been planning for a long time.

Why now? Guinea has disintegrated into a living hell and the international community is all over Conde like white on rice. Even France and the Francophonie who inserted Conde into the presidency in the 2010 election, are pursing their lips over their enfant terrible. For business investors, Conde is a distinct liability to their pursuit of lucrative mining opportunities as the country becomes exponentially more unstable every day.

Conde knows his days are numbered if he continues to play ball with the international community. He needs the nagging diplomats off his back and out of the country, far away from high ranking military officers with a mind to pull off a coup. So, Conde has just thrown his biggest monkey wrench into the international machine that put him in office. He has created Armageddon on the ground in Guinea and his plan is two-fold: lengthen his stay in office and conduct an extermination of Peuls, including Peul political leaders, before he is overthrown and a Peul ends up in the driver’s seat. On February 27, 2013, Conde inaugurated Guinea’s Peul-Malinke civil war.

The following article talks about the first few days of this war and what might happen in the days to come:

Note that “Peul” and “Fulani” are names for the same ethnic group and can be used interchangeably.  The article was translated into English via Google with editing by Guinea Oye

Alpha Condé starts his planned civil war in Guinea

Lamarana Petty Diallo Saturday, March 2, 2013 3:47 p.m.

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DIALLO_Lamarana__Petty_5_01 Alpha Condé has not digested the successful progress of the Guinean opposition with the march of 27 February 2013. Since that day, Conde has targeted, not all activists and supporters of the opposition in the Collective, ADP and CDR, but only the Fulani. At this moment, the armed wing of Alpha Condé consists of hooligans of his party, the RPG, the police forces and Donzo mercenaries and other unidentified bandits, engaged in the worst violence against the Fulani in Guinea’s capital.

The inhabitants of the suburbs of Conakry, hearing the Fulani, did not sleep a wink. The gunfire overnight resonated throughout suburbs mainly inhabited by the Fulani community. Incursions into their homes were conducted and include lots of theft, rape, destruction of property, and civilian deaths ​throughout the night of March 1 through Saturday, March 2. Guinea is entering into an unheard of cycle of violence in exacerbated since Alpha Conde came to power.

At this very moment, anti-Fulani purges continue throughout Conakry. Easily identifiable, the Fulani are hunted down, abused, killed, in the streets, in neighborhoods and in their homes.

Unfortunately, they have only their hands to defend themselves against criminals who shoot real bullets and wear knives, and carry machetes and iron bars, etc.for attacks. The Malinke thugs backed by the police, and mercenaries Donzos, and surely Angolans mercenaries (who had been expelled from Guinea-Bissau) spread terror among the Fulani who are accused of being supporters of the opposition UFDG party. Answers to questions about party affiliation must be answered quickly and carefully if there is to be any hope of avoiding the violence of RPG and the killer Condé, say people contacted on site. They do not want to let it go and no longer believe in whining to anyone: international community or otherwise. Unfortunately this loss of confidence and hope can pave the way for all to legitimately defend their lives.

Among the criminals closely associated with Alpha Condé, is one of his presidential guards, Moriba Camara, nicknamed “Red Devil,” who is particularly noted for his cruelty. He pulls up next to a victim and fires live ammunition at close range. When this article was posted, he had already seriously injured ten (10) people and when I put this update online, the eleventh of his victims had died. Other excellent sources indicate that seven (7) people were killed overnight in Peul neighborhoods in the suburbs.

Abuses continue and may worsen because an announcement which was just made live from Conakry say that the police are going up to the suburbs. If the police use RPG hooligans to reinforce them, you can imagine what will happen to their unarmed victims.

Alpha Conde is behind everything that happens in Guinea. It is he who has sent forces of war\, criminal-thug Malinkes, and Donzos and other mercenaries who are scattered in barracks throughout Guinea for specific purposes:

  • exterminate Fulani, arbitrarily established as enemies;
  • bill this as a “match-up” between Peul and Malinke, tell others the conflict does not affect them, it is between Peul and Malinke;
  • isolate the Fulani and make the Soussou and Forest ethnic groups believe they are safe from his murderous regime. Once the case of those he considers to be the real strength against his dictatorship, set, he will turn against the two ethnic groups and subjugate them. For him, the only problem are the Fulani because “other ethnicities are purchasable and malleable.”

But Conde is wrong. It is the people of Guinea who are determined now to hunt their country. Guineans are becoming increasingly aware of the warning of General Lansana Conté who, speaking of Alpha Condé, said: “This man is dangerous. Never let him into Guinea. He is not ours. “Unfortunately this is true since Alpha Conde was “parachuted” into power in our country.

Finally, the day when the Fulani and other ethnic groups, because their turn will come, decide not to be surprised and killed by the thugs of Alpha Condé, the day the Civil War breaks out that the Guinean dictator was preparing..

Guineans together understand that the earlier Alpha Conde goes, the sooner peace will come. So let us on the outside get up to support our citizens inside the country. Demonstrations should begin as soon as possible to call for the removal of Alpha Condé from office.


Lamarana Petty Diallo