Elections : échauffourées en Guinée – septembre 2010

Guinea: un muerto y 59 heridos por disturbios en elecciones

ANSA

12 09 2010-09-13

CONAKRY, Un muerto y 59 heridos causaron hasta el momento los incidentes ocurridos entre el sábado y el domingo en Conakry, la capital de Guinea, a una semana del segundo turno electoral que definirá al futuro presidente del país.
El vocero del gobierno, Aboubacar Sylla, aseguró que los enfrentamientos estallaron entre los simpatizantes de dos candidatos rivales, Cellou Dalein Diallo y Alpha Conde, en el barrio periférico de Hamdallaye.
Para evitar nuevos incidentes, el gobierno de transición del premier Jean Marie Dore decidió hoy prohibir las manifestaciones electorales públicas y solo proseguirán las campañas de radio y televisión para las elecciones del domingo 19 de setiembre.
El origen de las protestas fue la sentencia judicial que condenó el jueves a dos dirigentes de la Comisión Electoral a un año de cárcel por avalar presuntamente el fraude electoral.
La denuncia fue presentada por el partido RPG, de Conde, que se quejó de una serie de « irregularidades durante la primera vuelta electoral

24 injured in clash between rival Guinea parties

AP

11 09 2010

CONAKRY, Guinea — At least 24 people were injured when members of Guinea’s rival political parties began throwing rocks at each other following a campaign event Saturday, said a campaign official and a doctor at the hospital where the injured were being treated.

The violent clash is one more sign of escalating tension ahead of next week’s historic election, which many had hoped would mark a turning point for the troubled country that has known only authoritarian rule since winning independence from France in 1958.

Souleymane Diallo, a spokesman for the Union for the Democratic Forces of Guinea, or UFDG, says that their female supporters were returning from a meeting when supporters of the opposing Rally of the Guinean People, or RPG, began throwing rocks at them and a brawl broke out.

« We were coming back from a meeting of pro-UFDG women, which had been held at the presidential palace, when a group of people started throwing rocks at us, » said UFDG supporter Marietou Balde. « We started throwing rocks back at them, and it degenerated. People were injured. »

A doctor at Donka Hospital, who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the press, confirmed that 24 people had been brought in with injuries, including open gashes.

Cellou Dalein Diallo, the UFDG candidate and a former prime minister, received 44 percent of the vote during the first round of voting in June. He is facing off against the RPG’s Alpha Conde, an aging university professor and longtime opposition leader who got 18 percent during the first voting cycle.

Tension between the two is rooted in Guinea’s ethnic divide, which has always hovered just below the surface of the country’s politics.

Diallo is a Peul, the country’s largest ethnic group, which has never had one of its own in power.

Last year, the Peul were explicitly targeted during an army-led massacre of opposition supporters inside the national soccer stadium. Women that had Peul features were dragged to the ground and raped, said survivors including women who were from other ethnic groups and who said that they tried to convince their aggressors that they were not Peul.

Although Conde spent decades as an icon of the opposition, he is a Malinke — a group heavily represented in the army, as well as in the junta blamed for the Sept. 29 massacre.

Associated Press Writer Rukmini Callimachi contributed to this report from Dakar, Senegal.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Many injured in Guinea clashes

aljazeera.net

« Brawls » break out between members of rival political parties ahead of next week’s presidential run-off vote.

12 Sep 2010

At least 24 people have been injured in clashes between members of Guinea’s rival political parties following a campaign event held ahead of next week’s presidential run-off election.

Supporters of Cellou Dalein Diallo, a former prime minister, and Alpha Conde, a veteran opposition figure, began throwing rocks at each other after the event on Saturday.

The incident, which according to local media occurred in several parts of the capital Conakry, marked a sign of escalating tension ahead of next week’s election, which many hope will mark a turning point for a country that has known only authoritarian rule since gaining independence from France in 1958.

Brawls were also reported near Conde’s home in the neighbourhood of Mafanco, as well as near Conde’s Rally of the Guinean People (RPG) party headquarters in Hamdallaye.

Trading blame

Each party blamed the other for starting the battles.

Souleymane Diallo, a spokesman for the Union for the Democratic Forces of Guinea, or UFDG, said their female supporters were returning from a meeting when supporters of the opposing RPG began throwing rocks at them.

Witnesses told The Associated Press news agency that a brawl broke out.

« We were coming back from a meeting of pro-UFDG women, which had been held at the presidential palace, when a group of people started throwing rocks at us, » UFDG supporter Marietou Balde said.

« We started throwing rocks back at them, and it degenerated. People were injured. »

However, Morifing Kaba, a RPG supporter, said the first stones were thrown by partisans of the UFDG.

She said they were attacked by rock-throwers at the party’s headquarters, where supporters had gathered for a campaign event.

A local doctor confirmed that 24 people had been brought in with injuries, including open gashes.

Ethnic divisions

Ben Sekou Sylla, the president of the National Independent Electoral Commission (Ceni), and another official were convicted of vote-tampering on Friday.

Cellou Dalein Diallo, the UFDG candidate, received 44 per cent of the ballots cast during the first round of voting in June.

On September 19, he faces off against Conde, a university professor who gained 18 per cent during the first voting cycle.

Tensions between the two are rooted in Guinea’s ethnic divide, which has always hovered below the surface of the country’s politics.

Diallo is a Peul, the country’s largest ethnic group, which has never had one of its own in power.

Last year, the Peul were targeted during an army-led massacre of opposition supporters inside the national soccer stadium.

Although Conde spent decades as an icon of the opposition, he is a Malinke – a group heavily represented in the army, as well as in the government.

~ par Alain Bertho sur 12 septembre 2010.

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