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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Welcome to Hell: Guinean Security Forces on a Rampage in Opposition Neighborhoods – Assaults, Theft, Arson and Shooting 16 Year-Old Kids in the Back (VIDEO-PICS)

A delegation consisting of Guinean government officials and Western diplomats was supposed to tour opposition neighborhoods in Conakry where residents were severely assaulted and homes and businesses were burned to the ground.  The wholesale assault on primarily Peul neighborhoods was conducted by security forces and “irregular” militias sponsored by the State over the last several days.  It is common for these forces to conduct “payback” raids in these neighborhoods after opposition demonstrations. 
 
While further news about the government–diplomatic tour has not surfaced, France 24’s “Observer Report,” see below, has done a decent job of providing an overview of the damage to homes, cars and businesses and revealing violent actions by state-sponsored forces against residents.
France 24:   Observers report
 
28/05/2013 / GUINEA

Guinea: Police “open fire” in opposition-dominated district

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A spate of pre-election looting and ransacking has unfolded in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, since Thursday May 23rd. Residents from the opposition-dominated district of Cosa told FRANCE 24 armed police took part in the incidents.
Opposition activists have been protesting for several weeks because they believe the upcoming legislative elections are being organised in such a way that will render the vote unfair. Since last Thursday, their demonstrations have escalated into clashes with the security forces.
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Cosa neighbourhood inà Conakry. Photo: Nouhou Baldé (@nouhoubalde
The opposition stronghold of Cosa, in Conakry’s Ratoma district, has been hit badly by the violence. Nouhou Baldé, a journalist at Guinée News, published photos of the damage in Cosa on his Twitter account on Sunday May 26th.
The photos show burnt-out cars, homes and businesses, which the authorities have blamed on vandals. According to locals, however, the security forces are also responsible. Witnesses say they saw members of the security forces attack residents with knives and shoot real bullets. Fifteen people have been killed in Conakry since last Thursday, with the majority being shot.
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When contacted by FRANCE 24, the Guinean government spokesman did not deny security forces could have been involved in causing the damage: “In such confusion, in an extremely difficult context, some things may have been uncontrollable. We cannot deny any abuses committed by members of the security forces, neither can we give them credit, at a time where there is no evidence undermining individual units. A national commission inquiry will be named to shed light on the events”.
Email observers@france24.com if you would like to provide us with more information.

“The fire at the peul market could only have been started by the security forces”

Habib Baldé lives in Cosa. He was part of recent youth opposition protests.
Everything started on Thursday evening, after the protest. In the night, one of the markets in Cosa, the soussou market, was looted. Residents saw the armed police were there but did not react [Editor’s note: according to other sources, the police took part in the looting]. So we, the young people in the neighbourhood, organised ourselves to protect the other market: the peul market. We put up barricades.
On Saturday, the security forces came back and succeeded in entering the neighbourhood. Not long after, a fire started up inside peul market. Only the security forces were there at that moment. The fire could only have been started by them. It provoked a combined effort by the locals. Everyone came to try to put it out, but the armed police threw tear gas at us.

“The armed police brought out knives shouting they would kill us”

Sidibé is an engineer. His house was looted on Friday.
It happened on Friday. I was staying at home with my brothers because there had been protests. I was in the courtyard at my house. At 11am, we heard stones being thrown on the roof. We took refuge inside.
The thugs came, they banged on the walls and windows of the house. There were about twenty of them. They tried to get in, but then the armed police came out from Squadron 18’s post, near our house, and they opened fire and used tear gas. I stress that it was only at us that they shot, not at the thugs. So we fled. The thugs went inside my house and they took everything: the television, food, everything.
The next day, they came back to start a fire. The armed police were with them. They stopped us from coming in to put out the fire. With my brother, we were able to get round to the other side with buckets of water and then the armed police brought out knives shouting: “we will kill you, we will kill you”. We escaped. A bit later, other armed police officers called the fire brigade to put out the fire.

“I heard: ‘shoot, shoot’!”

Alpha Ousmane Diallo is in high school.
On Saturday, around 3pm, a friend warned me that the armed police were ransacking my mother’s food shop. I went there. There were about fifteen of them wearing black t-shirts and uniform black trousers. When I tried to intervene, they shot into the air.
I turned round to run and escape. I heard: ‘shoot, shoot!’ There were two shots. The second one hit me in the shoulder and I fell down. I was rescued by neighbours who took me to hospital.
Video showing the bullet wound
 

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.
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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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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

Conde Meeting – What is the Worst that Could Happen after Senseless “Kumbayah” and Gov’t.’s Meaningless Pledge for True Dialogue? Having to Shake Conde’s Bloody Hand

In the  photo below, opposition coalition spokesperson, Aboubacar Sylla shakes Conde’s hand. Hopefully, the opposition will not bother with such meetings in the future because Conde is using their presence as a ruse to get an “atta-boy “from the international community.

Hopefully, the opposition will turn its attention to the important things such as figuring out how to arm residents in Peul-opposition neighborhoods so they can defend themselves.

While this meeting was taking place, Conde’s forces were setting buildings ablaze, attacking unarmed citizens and kidnapping youth from their homes in the Fouta.

Alpha Condé encounter opposition and promises a framework for consultation

Posted on March 4, 2013

Alpha Condé and the opposition

After meeting with opposition leaders this Monday, March 4, 2013 at the Palais Sékoutouréyah as announced, President Alpha Condé promises a framework for dialogue in a short time with any political tendency which will be chaired by the prime minister head of government, Mohamed Said Fofana.

This meeting’s main objective was to restore serenity, peace, do so as the willingness of each other is realized by concrete acts very forthcoming negotiations with the Prime Minister had the presence of representatives of the presidential, the opposition called republican, centrist members of the government and those of the Office of the President of the Republic under the presidency of Alpha Condé.

At the end of the meeting of political parties and the president, who 1h 30mn, different leaders have lent our questions, including the spokesman of the group, ADP and CDR, Aboubacar Sylla representing the parties opposition called Republican, the center, Jean Marie Doré, the presidential Dr Kake Makanera.

Aboubacar Sylla representative of the collective, ADP and CDR, gives his impression: “We have responded favorably to the invitation of the head of state which I had the honor of chairing the delegation. At this meeting, there is no debate, just positions that each and others have expressed regarding the collective, ADP and CDR, we recalled our claims including those that have been partially met regarding the partial reconstitution of INEC and those we willingly relinquished for the moment, because we considered that it was necessary to highlight the key demands that contribute to the implementation of the future parliament.

Continuing, he said that they emphasized the need to change operator and technical Waymark was chosen under opaque flagrant violation of a law which is the public procurement code and the vote Guinea is right for them.

He also took this occasion to deplore the violence that had linked these days and says he presented the results “macabre” of violence to the authorities, namely the seven dead, over 20 injured and hospitalized, some are in critical condition nearly 200 wounded more or less light, of an unspecified number of arrests and the destruction of property.

For him, they asked what was all the injured were taken over by the state and those that are based directly or indirectly from this sad event in recent days that they are brought before the courts competent. And felt as hard as compensation compensation should be implemented for all those who have suffered violence.

Mr. Sylla behalf blocks that represented said to be available to go to a frank and sincere dialogue, but he says before asking that the international community is involved in the resolution of the crisis in Guinea, because all ombudsmen who have invested in bringing positions between the parties were all forced to throw in the towel, new laments Aboubacar Sylla dressed imam.

His part Jean Mari Dore say, they reminded President Alpha Condé’s unfulfilled promise of November 15, 2011, which is the regular meeting of political parties.

According to him, this lack of consultation, dialogue and expulsion of opposition political parties and power have led to extreme stances that caused the events that have occurred because the dialogue was evacuated.

Kake Makanera for the Head of State reiterated his desire to get above the fray to enable Guinea to emerge from this transition is long term. He reassured each other to create a dialogue that will benefit all Guineans. The movement welcomes this position and during said meeting wherever consensus not work referred to in the law before called on political parties in opposition to more responsibility.

For its part, the government spokesman, Albert Camara Damantang, after congratulating all those who were present at the meeting, which he said is extremely important, said they welcomed the commitment of all those who were present to restore social peace and achieving together to free elections, transparent and inclusive and also noted the willingness of all stakeholders to comply with the law, he suggested and asked all political actors have a responsibility to call their activists met peacefully.

In any case, political parties waiting in the hours or days ahead that arrangements are made for a real debate is established for Guinea so this transition is long term.

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Alpha Conde Starts His Planned Civil War in Guinea

FRblodhadnCONDE HAS THE BLOOD OF GUINEAN CITIZENS ON HIS HANDS

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

The 411 on the Last Four Days in Guinea – Not a Pretty Picture

Guinea’s “Not So” Finest Cops

Earlier, Guinea Oye reported on the violence that erupted this past Friday when Malinke youth stoned Peul shopkeepers at Madina market, stole their merchandise and damaged their cars. These actions seemed deisgned to provoke a conflict and, that, it did. Upon hearing of the violence, youth in Bambeto and Cosa started to head for the market to help defend their Peul relatives but did not get very far. Malinke youth were waiting for them at the outskirts of the neighborhoods with full back-up from Guinean police.

Chaos ensued as police chased the Peul youth, beat them, and then arrested them. And, these were the lucky ones. It was in a small suburb of Bomboli that police shot Alpha Amadou Barry in the neck – he died later at the hospital.

As evening edged, the police also entered homes looking for people to arrest and many people of all ages and gender were beaten severely. There are several people injured in the hospital and who knows how many have been thrown in jail.

Fode Mamadou Bah, victim of a “kill shot” by Guinean police. (Photo: Guinee58.com)

It was over the weekend that Conde’s police scored their second killing. This time it was at the Axis Hamdallaye-Bambeto-Cosa, where police shot Fode Mamadou Bah in the neck. The police did nothing to help him as he lie on the ground. Bystanders rushed to gather Bah and took him to Donka hospital where he died. The receiving doctor said that the police shot him at very close range and, if their goal was to stop him, they could have done so without using a “kill shot.” Bah was 27 years old and a computer wiz who ran two computer shops. He is originally from Pita. Let’s hope his family is not attacked as the police did in the case of Alpha Amadou Barry relatives, the first  casualty in this latest provocation.

The pattern of arrest, beating, and incarceration of Peul youth continued throughout the weekend and spread beyond Conakry. Violence broke out in Fria between Malinke and Peul youth. Both the prefect and the mayor were in Conakry for consultations (a convenient time to be away from Fria?) and the prefect, presumably the same person who prevented Lansana Kouyate from making a delivery of food two months ago and who recently, single-handedly, tried to close down a radio station by beating up everyone inside, also gave large quantities of gasoline for Malinke youth to use and you can bet it was not for a high school bonfire! While things have calmed down in Fria, many of the shops remain closed.

But, the politics continues. Out of nowhere, Prime Minister Fofana made a visit to Cellou Dalein Diallo at his home on Saturday. The purpose of his visit was three-fold 1) offer condolences in the death of Alpha Amadou Barry, 2) give Diallo a check for $10 million GF for the family of Barry and 3)  trap Diallo into a “kumbayah” meeting with the government. Diallo accepted the condolences, was careful not to touch the envelope of money, suggesting the government should present the money directly to the family, and, probably in an effort not to seem impolite, he told Fofana a meeting was a possibility.

Guinea Oye could go on and on, but will end with this. Opposition leader, Dr. Faya Millimono gets the prize for the best headline of the day: – Dr Faya Millimouno à Guinéenews© : « N’Körö Alpha est sur la voie de rejoindre ses amis Taylor et Gbagbo à La Haye » or Dr. Faya Millimono to Guineenews: Alpha Conde is on his way to join his friends (Charles) Taylor and (Laurent) Gbagbo at the Hague.

As always, stay tuned!