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.
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.
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.
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.
L’Oeil de GuineeActu