Guinea : What is the real deal about the situation in Guinea?

Discussion in 'Guinea' started by Ankhur, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Oct 4, 2009
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    owner of various real estate concerns
    I havespoken to some Fulani that say, the resident was voted out of office and doesn't want to leave, and the ensuing violence has been funded and backed by the French

    others say the president is hated by the French and there is propaganda against him.

    What is the real deal????
  2. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

    Feb 28, 2009
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    Guinea Massacre Victims' Families Unable to Gather
    By BOUBACAR DIALLO, Associated Press Writer | (AP)
    Published: September 28, 2010

    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) The families of the 157 people killed in a massacre in Guinea last September were barred Tuesday from entering or approaching the soccer stadium where the killings occurred on the one-year anniversary of the slaughter.

    Military trucks teeming with armed soldiers were positioned at the entrance to the sports arena where protesters had gathered to call for an end to army rule last Sept. 28. The army had attempted to halt the protest and when they were not able to, they sealed off the exits to the arena and then opened fire mowing down civilians who fell backward in waves.

    Women that survived the barrage of bullets were dragged to the stadium turf and gang raped.

    One year later, Guinea is in many ways a changed country: The head of the junta accused of ordering the massacre was forced into exile and his No. 2 agreed to hand over power to civilians. The first round of the presidential election was held in June, but since then the government has repeatedly postponed the date of the run-off needed to choose the country's new leader.

    The anniversary of the killings comes amid worries that the election could be canceled and that Guinea would again revert to a military dictatorship.

    The leaders of an association representing the families of those killed in the September massacre say authorities asked them to refrain from marching or going to the stadium because a large gathering could act as a flashpoint for violence. The capital, Conakry, has been tense following the latest election postponement earlier this month.

    In a statement read Tuesday on state TV, the Minister of Religious Affairs Mustapha Koutoubou Sanoh asked the families of the victims to mark the date by praying for their loved one at the nearest mosque or church. Implicit in his instructions was the fact that families would not be allowed to march to the stadium, or enter it to place flowers as they had planned.

    Early on Tuesday, residents of the sea-facing capital woke up to find the military trucks stationed at the gates of the stadium as well as at key intersections throughout the city.