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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The Guinea Gov’t. Might Wish Opposition Supporters Would Turn on Their Leaders, But It Didn’t Happen Yesterday and Never Will

How does the Guinean government keep all its lies straight?  Over the airwaves yesterday, the government said that police protected opposition leaders when attacked by their own supporters.  This never happened.  It was Conde’s RPG thugs who attacked the leaders with the help and protection of the police.  Perhaps, those in the government are engaged in wishful thinking.  Can you blame them?  Hundreds of thousands of opposition supporters in the streets of Conakry, representing the overwhelming majority of the electorate, all calling for Conde’s departure, must be a maddening image to behold.
Of course, the government’s lie had less to do with wishful thinking and more with logistics and tactics which were planned well in advance to set up the attack on the opposition leaders by the RPG thugs and have the “security” forces support the effort.  A Conde supporter suggested that the young in the opposition are getting tired of being killed and injured by opposition leaders ordering them to the streets repeatedly.  Really?  Mr. Conde should thank these leaders because they are the only thing between him and young Guineans determined to have a democratic Guinea.
Below is the Opposition’s statement providing the facts on who did what to whom during yesterday’s march.
Opposition Statement on Aggression of “Security” Forces and RPG Thugs
The Republican opposition which includes the Alliance for Democracy and Progress (ADP), the Collective of Political Parties for Completing the Transition, the Republican Club (CDR) and the FDP,followed with astonishment a radio announcement this Thursday, May 23, 2013 by the GuineanGovernment stating that the police protected opposition political leaders who were attackedby their own activists.
Contrary to the government statement, the opposition leaders were not protected by
the police.  Rather the police repressed opposition demonstrators and protected RPG hooligans as they violently attacked the leaders of the opposition masquerading as protesters.  Thus, the assertion that the opposition leaders were attacked by their own activists is totally unfounded.
As usual, the police, accompanied by the RPG thugs in support of Conde, soon after the protests, invaded opposition strongholds, such as Ratoma, in order to commit all kinds of atrocities.
The provisional results of these punitive expeditions, is that four were shot and killed, forty injured, several with bullet wounds, and arbitrary arrests and lots of damage.
The Republican opposition is warning the government against this recurring violence
against its supporters, because it would intensify the current socio-political tensions and inexorably lead our country into serious political instability which threatens civil peace and national cohesion.
While condemning all violence from whatever source, the Republican opposition reaffirms its openness to the organization of credible and inclusive elections in a peaceful climate through dialogue.
The Republican opposition is asking the people of Guinea to remain mobilized and united for the establishment of a democratic society that respects human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Conakry, le 23 mai 2013.

Alliance for Democracy and Progress (ADP),

Collective Political Parties for Completing the Transition,

Republican Club (CDR) 

Front Union for Democracy and Progress (PDF)

VIDEO Opposition March – 3-23: Security Forces Backed by RPG Militia, One Dead, Several Journalists and Party Staff Injured, and Conde’s Kristallnacht Cops in Bambeto

BAMBETO3-23CONDE’S KRISTALLNACHT COPS AND LOYALISTS IN BAMBETO:  The violence continued on the axis Bambeto and Hamdallaye-Bambeto Airport Gbessia. According to our reporters, supporters of Alpha Conde’s RPG arc-en-ciel, supported by security forces, looted and ransacked stores, shops, and private homes of citizens.  According to witnesses contacted by Aminata.com, pharmacy was emptied of its contents Bambeto. The Castle district, the RPG forces looted private homes of citizens suspected of belonging to the opposition. ” I saw a suitcase full of clothes in the pick-up of the police,”  says a witness contacted by our reporter.

After the opposition march today, journalist, Nouhou Balde of guineenews.org interviewed (in French) Faya Millimono, presi[ent of Guinea’s newest opposition party, the Liberal Block, about attacks on the vehicles carrying opposition leaders.  If you don’t read French, after the video is an article (in English) that describes the attack that Millimono is recounting for the reporter.  Further below are reports about death threats against journalists and Conde’s forces rampaging in the opposition stronghold of Bambeto.

 

Crisis policy in Guinea: Another protester killed by security forces

Translated into English via Google, with editing from Guinea Oye
 
Bountouraby Soumah  Jeudi, 23 Mai 2013 16:54
  

The event that the opposition had scheduled for this Thursday, May 23 was finally able to go to completion. Involved? The violent repression with which the security forces were opposed.

In fact, when all was relatively well past Enco 5 roundabout Bambeto, things deteriorated a little later. Walkers, bound for the roundabout to the airport, crossed the tracks of the city. In fact, before them, they faced fierce resistance from security forces who improperly used tear gas. According to our reporters, once again, security forces were backed up by followers of Conde’s political party, the RPG, who threw stones at the opposition marchers. It also means that more tear gas projectiles were thrown at the opposition activists. Thus, the vehicle of the leader of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG),Cellou Dalein Diallo was damaged. One of his guards was wounded in the body. The same fate befell the guard of Jean-Marc Telliano. Fode Mohamed Soumah of Citizen Generation (Geci) also received a shot in the shoulder. Sadly, an opposition activist, in the person of Thierno Moussa Diallo, aged 23, was fatally wounded by a shot with live ammunition  – he died at the scene.

Before the fury of the combined forces and protesters against-the procession of the opposition leaders did not have the choice to return to the roundabout Bambeto. Thus, a colleague has declared we have seen Diallo’s vehicle, heading at full speed towards Kipé. Fearing for their lives, different leaders each have found shelter. While taking care not to reveal the secret in question.

Bountouraby Soumah
de Conakry pour GuineeActu
 
Journalists
 
guinee58.com is reporting that several journalists were wounded today as well, some by live fire.  This appears to be in keeping with an upsurge in threats and attacks on Guinean journalists over the last several months as the news coverage of the criticism of Alpha Conde mounts.  Nouhou Balde, of guineenews.org, the reporter in the video above, has received very graphic death threats.  In addition, journalists associated with africaguinee.com, were attacked during the last few days and there is one report that a private radio station crew was detained during the march in a police security vehicle.
 
In September 2012, during an opposition demonstration, in addition to the attempt by security services to assassinate four leaders of major political parties of the opposition, Malinke militia members attempted to hang four Guinean journalists.  Others came to their assistance and rescued them.
 
Conde’s Kristallnacht in Bambeto Neighborhood
 
guinee58.com is reporting that Guinean security forces and Malinke militias not assigned to the march are conducting house to house searches in the opposition stronghold of Bambeto.  They are stealing valuables, roughing up families and hauling off to jail as many opposition supporters as possible.

Opposition March Scheduled for Thursday, May 9, is Post-Poned Due to International Community Pressure

[NOTE:  Apologies for the sparse amount of news posted to this site over the last week.  After fixing some computer problems, we plan to be back in full swing.]

Today, the opposition met with international dialogue facilitator, Said Djinnit, who made a last ditch effort to get the opposition to suspend its plans for a march tomorrow.  Evidently, Djinnit was able to make the case to the opposition that Alpha Conde was open to making concessions in a dialogue framework in a variety of areas including the most controversial, getting rid  of Waymark.  While the opposition knows not to trust Conde’s new-found conciliatory attitude, the opposition will have to determine how duplicitous the international community’s need is to keep  the opposition off the streets and  behind closed doors.  If the opposition intends to keep the confidence of the people of Guinea, it must withdraw from the talks at the first “whiff” of Alpha Conde and/or international community maneuvering.  In a dialogue framework, facilitators and the Conde government have significant control over the opposition.  When the opposition is in the streets, it has both facilitators and Conde off-kilter and, therefore, more leverage.

The dialogue facilitators issued the following press release posted on the aminata.com site.  Translated into English via Google.

We facilitators of the Guinea dialogue:

Considering the joint statement dated 23 April 2013, by which the parties to the political process in Guinea, including the Government, the political parties of the opposition and the presidential majority, are committed to exercise restraint, to avoid any form of violence, and to peacefully resolve their differences;

 Taking into account the urgency to work together for political, inclusive, peaceful process, democratic and non-violent in the upcoming elections, we express our deep concern at the escalation of violence on the occasion of public events and the risk that such a situation is for peace, security and social cohesion;

Reiterate in a solemn manner that all parties concerned contribute to call an end to incidents of violence;

Encourage all forces of the nation including institutional managers, community leaders and religious authorities and the media, to work tirelessly to preserve peace and social cohesion, as well as return Guinea to a peaceful atmosphere;

Reiterate that dialogue is the only alternative to resolving political differences;

Reiterate our call to all signatories of the Declaration of nonviolence April 23 to scrupulously respect their engagement with parties;

Urge everyone in his case, to show responsibility and citizenship in order to preserve peace and social harmony;

Take this purpose for the parties to resume dialogue without delay, and come in a spirit of opening to find the necessary compromises to create a climate conducive to the holding of elections in a peaceful environment and under conditions of transparency requirements;

To help restore a climate of appeasement necessary to restore the dialogue, we call on all parties to refrain from any action in the coming days that bears the risk of hindering the momentum towards peace.

In this regard, we welcome the decision of the opposition to postpone the event, which was scheduled for this Thursday, May 9

Tomorrow, facilitators will undertake consultations with stakeholders to discuss ways and means for a return to dialogue as soon as possible.

Made in Conakry, May 8, 2013

Post-March Update: Guinea Security Forces Fire Live Rounds, 1 Dead and Four Wounded, Plus Video Featuring “Wall of China-Sized” Tear Gas Used to Split March in Two

In a previous post, Guinea Oye wrote that it is customary for security services, during or after marches, to `pursue opposition of marchers into their neighborhoods by security forces to mete out punishment. It happened today again and resulted in the death of a 16 year-old boy. Below is a short article by guineenews.org, about the boy’s death and the injury of other opposition supporters by live ammunition from security forces. Note that the mother of the dead boy says her family cannot mourn in peace because the security forces have besieged their neighborhood.

From guineenews.org

[Translated into English via Google]

April 25, 2013

It is 17h 40 Guineenews’ reporter and leader of the opposition, Cellou Dalein Diallo, had access to the morgue where rests the moment Boubacar Diallo. Aged only 16, a mechanic by trade, Boubacar Diallo is from Djouriyah prefecture Dalaba.


Inconsolable now, his parents explain to the leader of the UFDG Diallo that it is punishment that they have to have a death without being able to mourn in peace, their neighborhood is besieged by forces .. .


At Donka morgue where we were not allowed to take a picture of the deceased Boubacar Diallo, through a doctor we still found a list of some victims.

Souleymane Bah, 16, was shot in the thigh;
Alhassane Diallo, 22, was shot in the hip;
Aliou Diallo Mamadou, 23, was shot in the thigh;
Lamarana Amadou Bah, 25, has received a cross in the upper lip.

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