Guinea Police Shoot Dead Teen Protester-Age 15 and Wound at Least Two

It appears that Alpha Conde’s standing shoot-to-kill order given to his security forces worked in at least one instance, today.  A relative said the cop drew his gun, aimed, and then shot Abdoul Aziz Balde in the buttocks which suggests there is a 95% chance the cop was shooting him from behind.
 
Guinea’s first post-election martyr.  May he rest in peace.
 
 

Conakry (AFP) – Police in Guinea shot dead a teenager during a violent protest over an alleged attempt to kidnap a radio journalist on Sunday, his family said.

Abdoul Aziz Balde, 15, was “mortally wounded by a bullet fired by a police officer” as security forces and protesters clashed in the capital Conakry, a family member said.

“The policeman aimed at him before shooting him with live ammunition and a bullet hit him in his behind,” the relative said on condition of anonymity, adding that Balde began to bleed profusely and was declared dead after being rushed to hospital in a coma.

The demonstration erupted after private broadcaster Planet FM reported that armed men had come to the radio station looking to kidnap director and journalist Mandian Sidibe, witnesses said.

A mob of listeners then launched a search for the armed men, which turned into a protest as demonstrators put up barricades in several neighbourhoods of Conakry.

Police tried to disperse protesters with tear gas but the crowd responded by throwing stones and other projectiles that wounded three policeman.

Police then fired live ammunition, hitting at least two protesters, who were admitted to a clinic in southern Conakry with gunshot wounds, according to a doctor.

Other medical and security sources said at least 11 people were wounded in total, five by live ammunition.

A journalist at Planet FM confirmed that armed men had visited the station looking for Sidibe.

“Armed men in plain clothes arrived at the station and asked to meet the director and journalist Mandian Sidibe,” the source told AFP on condition of anonymity, saying the men had come to kidnap Sidibe but were not allowed access to him.

Protests are common and often violent in Conakry, which remains tense following a Supreme Court decision on Friday to hand the west African nation’s widely contested September election to the ruling party.

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Guinea’s Supreme Court to Announce Legislative Election Results Either Later This Evening or Sometime Overnight- Security Forces on High Alert

copsmassarrestA primary function of Guinean security forces is to conduct mass arrests of opposition supporters leaving them to linger in jail without charge.  

Opposition Leader Diallo: “They Said They Would Reduce My House to Dust”

with criminals (Conde et al., ed. note)
(Article translated into English via Google with editing by Guinea Oye)
At Saturday’s regular meeting of his UFDG party, Diallo said he was determined to continue the fight started for the
advent of a society of justice, peace and democracy in Guinea.  He also praised those who fought bravely to prevent
the police and young thugs who promised to reduce his house to dust, he said. “You saved my life,” he added.
Following, Diallo says his supporters have shown that they are upright and ready to defend their leader because,
he says, since these incidents, young volunteers sleep at his door, all night, all day. “They have not been paid.
They expose themselves to protect the president of the UFDG.”
“What is more shocking is the distortion of the facts. People came out to support me.  Along the way to the
courthouse, there were no incidents. We arrived at court and, after meeting with the prosecutor, we headed
back home. Along the way, the police came to disperse the activists with tear gas, they attacked us with hatred
and violence.”   In that moment, he said he descended from his car to ask the police to stop the violence against
citizens who had gone to attend a public hearing in court because no law forbids it. “The police started throwing tear
gas in front of me. Against this background, we arrived at the house. Afterwards, young thugs and police were
deployed to the sea to attack my home. They hurt a lot of young people. They said they would reduce my house
to dust and the youth resisted.” For Diallo, their struggle with against RPG militants is only beginning with Alpha
Conde. In his eyes, no policeman dares to attack his home without the tacit support of Alpha Condé. “For Alpha
Condé, my activists are not citizens of Guinea. While several of our members have been killed, Alpha Conde has
not lifted a finger to move them. Had he assumed his responsibilities, we would not have fifty supporters dead.
For Diallo, the solution is to get up to say” no.”
“What does Alpha Condé believe? He must know that Guinea belongs to all of us. There will be sacrifices, but the
truth will prevail. The truth is on our side. We are all Guineans and Alpha Condé should understand we will not
accept this. Remain upright.  We demand respect for our dignity. “
“You must understand that, if we do not fight, we have nothing with Alpha Condé. They are criminals  and we
have the right to live in Guinea.  If we continue the fight, God will soon… solve our problem. We need to join hands.
We have national and international solidarity. We have decided to suspend our participation in the dialogue. We wil
not sit down with criminals to discuss. All victims of violence should be compensated. “

Opposition Communique Following the Bloody Attack on Politicians and Supporters at Home of Cellou Dalein Diallo

Created Saturday, June 22, 2013 10:39 p.m.
Opposition Communique Following the Bloody Attack on Politicians and Supporters at Home of Cellou Dalein Diallo

While the ADP, the Collective, the CDR and the FDP in respect of commitments to maintaining a climate of peace continue to work to consolidate the achievements of the Inter- Guinea during the security forces still trodden ground the Government’s commitment to end the harassment and differential treatment experienced by opposition leaders.Indeed, Elhadj Cellou Dalein Diallo, President of the UFDG in its commitment to the institutions of the Republic replied to the notice that was sent by the judicial authorities, following a complaint by a senior official of the State.

In solidarity, leaders, activists and opposition supporters accompanied him in order and discipline at the public hearing of the Court of First Instance of Conakry where 2 Elhadj Cellou Dalein Diallo has asserted his rights. On the way back, the police have attacked the peaceful demonstration by spraying tear gas and chasing him to the president of the UFDG home.

Hooligans landed by chartered vehicles for this purpose and supported by the police then surrounded his home by shooting live bullets and by projecting a shower of tear gas and stones.

This seriously undermines the inalienable right of every citizen to have an inviolable home and persecution suffered by political leaders and activists at home Elhadj Cellou Dalein Diallo recorded a record 50 wounded, including two by gunfire in a still critical condition.

ADP, the Collective, CDR and FDP deplore and strongly condemn these acts of violence and express their deep sympathy and full solidarity with the El Hadj Diallo, his family, UFDG and all the victims of these acts of provocation and barbarism of another age.

As a result, the Republican opposition decided to suspend its participation in the inter-Guinean dialogue until normal conditions are ensured security for political leaders and all kinds of obstacles to the free exercise of their activities are effectively removed. It calls upon the continuation of sponsors and perpetrators of violence in order to be put an end to the impunity that has characterized the treatment of abuses by security forces in recent years become recurring term.

ADP, the Collective, CDR and FDP thank the Ambassadors of USA and France as well as the Representative of the European Union and the wider international community for their total support during these sad events .

The Republican opposition calls on all its members and supporters to be vigilant and remain mobilized to preserve the gains made through the long struggle of the people of Guinea for the rise in our country, an era of genuine democracy and respect for human rights.

Conakry, June 21, 2013.


The Alliance for Democracy and Progress (ADP)
The Collective of Political Parties for the Completion of the Transition
Club The Republicans (CDR)
The Union Front for Democracy and Progress (PDF)

Guinea: Journalist Hospitalized After Assault by Police Officers

Conde is running out of people to order his security forces to assault — politicians, journalists, opposition youth, and men, women and children who live in predominantly Peul neighborhoods.  Still no public condemnation of the attack on Cellou Daillo’s home by international community members, US ambassador Alex Laskaris, French Ambassador Bertrand Cochery and EU representative Philippe Van Damme, who toured Diallo’s house on the day of the attack by security forces and RPG thugs.  And, when these diplomats decide to break their silence, let’s hope they can demonstrate more respect for the people of Guinea by not grousing about opposition youth with rocks and by not giving that condescending “calm down” hand signal they gave at Cellou’s to people who have been to hell and back.

Guinea:  Journalist Hospitalized After Assault by Police Officers

Press Release

Mamadou Sire Diallo, a reporter with the privately-owned satirical newspaper, Le Lynx, was badly beaten on June 19, 2013, by a group of policemen at the capital, Conakry. Diallo met his ordeal when he was covering a confrontation between some political party supporters in Conakry.

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)’s monitor in the country reported that Diallo has been admitted at a hospital with injuries to his head and temples while his reporting equipment was confiscated by the officers.

Narrating the incident to MFWA’s monitor, Diallo said when the police officers saw him they shouted that he is a spy and pounced on him. One officer slapped him and another rained blows on him. They tore his clothes and seized his dictaphone and camera.

“I told them that I was a journalist. I showed them my press card. But they rained blows on me and dragged me into the mud,” Diallo said.

The MFWA condemns this act of lawlessness by the police officers and call on the media association and groups including the management of Le Lynx to lodge a complaint against the police officers.

We specifically, call on Madifing Diane, the Head of the Guinea Police Force, to as a matter of urgency subject his officers to professional training, especially in media relations in the build up to the country’s legislative elections in July this year.

We make this call at a time that state-perpetrated attacks against the media are on the increase. Within this year alone dozens of journalists and media organizations have been assaulted by security forces and not even one of such cases has been investigated or prosecuted.

For instance, within a period of two months (March – April) uniformed police officers besieged the premises of the Conakry-based Planete FM and fired shots at the radio station. Yet these officers have not been arrested and dealt with.

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

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

Guinea Opposition Withdraws from Dialogue Talks, UFDG Issues Detailed Statement About How Attack Happened Condemning Gov’t.’s Propaganda Machine to Shift Blame

Posted on June 20, 2013
Diallo

Wednesday’s violence that followed the appearance of Diallo in court has political consequences. The coalition of opposition in the collective, ADP, CDR and FDP, after a meeting on Thursday, decided to withdraw from the negotiating table.

Political opponents of the regime of President Alpha Conde condemned the “police repression” against Elhadj Diallo before expressing their solidarity with the boss of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG). The meeting was held at the headquarters of the UFDG. Apart from Lansana Kouyaté and Kassory Fofana, all political opposition leaders were present at the conclave. We will return.

Alpha Oumar Diallo et Mamadou Aliou Barry pour Aminata.com

 
 
 
 
 

The National Directorate of UFDG followed with surprise, different press releases issued by the Government and other public services, including the Press Office of the Presidency of the Republic and the General Directorate of the Police Service, reporting on violence following the passage of the President UFDG to the Court of First Instance (CFI) in Dixinn. These releases, as usual, assign responsibility for attacking citizens walking along the route and vandalizing shops and to activists of the UFDG who were the ones who were attacked.

 
The National Directorate of UFDG categorically denies these unfounded allegations. Allow us, rather, to present the facts as they occurred. President of the UFDG, Elhadj Diallo decided to respond to the subpoena that TPI Dixinn had sent him last April. Around 9:30 am, the President of the UFDG, with some opposition leaders, activists and supporters of the UFDG, left his home in order to arrive at TPI Dixinn at 10:15 am. The prosecutor’s office where he was received, along with other opposition leaders and in the presence of counsel, the counsel for the complainant informed Diallo that his client, the complainant, was willing to withdraw its complaint for a criminal mediation. The leader of the UFDG said he was not prepared to enter into any negotiations with the complainant, but if he decided to withdraw his complaint, he would act. The prosecutor said that he took note and he informed Elhadj Diallo that he will agree with the complainant. At this point, the leader of UFDG went back to his home, accompanied by his supporters.
 
When Diallo’s entourage arrived at the Donka school, they were joined by two pick-up trucks of police who tried to disperse the procession with tear gas and stones. Some young marchers reciprocated and the police were left on the side of the road. Thus, the procession continued he slowly to the point of the Total petrol station in the former Oasis club where Diallo’s entourage was again intercepted by a group of more numerous and violent police. They sprang into action against the procession with tear gas and throwing stones while making arrests of activists, especially women who could not run. At one point, the police were directly behind the car of the President of the UFDG who got out and asked the police to stop the violence against his supporters who were not protesters, but citizens returning from an open court session.
 
The police did not want to listen and instead kept throwing tear gas and stones and fired into the air. It is in these conditions qu’Elhadj Cellou Dalein and what remained of his retinue headed towards his home.  A few minutes later to the surprise of all, tear gas bombs and stones began to rain within the property of Diallo’s home. According to witnesses who were standing outside, police received support from three minibuses full of hooligans.  For two hours, the home of Cellou Dalein was subjected to this shower of stones and tear gas which was thrown on both sides of the street towards the sea  The results of the violence in the home of the President of the UFDG was 17 serious injuries including one person with a gunshot and at least 20 heavily damaged cars.
 
To this, another 33 people were wounded, primairly in neighborhoods of Ratoma,, two by bullets (now in a coma) outside the home Elhadj Diallo (Diallo stated yesterday that ambulances were not allowed to leave the area of his home to take the more serious victims to hospital because security forces had blocked roads, Ed., Guinea Oye).  All that happened took place in front of many journalists from the national and international press and in the presence of leaders of the Republican opposition. Clearly these are the security forces supported subsequently by hooligans who call themselves Knights of the Republic, who are solely responsible for the attacks against the President of the UFDG and the activists during the day of Wednesday, June 19, 2013. National Party leadership will draw all the consequences.
 
Conakry , June 19, 2013 The National Directorate of UFDG