Massacre, rapes in Guinea draw condemnation from U.S and EU.
The United States government and the European Union on September 29, 2009 condemned recent violence in Guinea between the military troops and opposition demonstrators, urging a return to civilian rule.
In a statement, the U.S State Department spokesman Ian Kelly slammed the Guinean military troops for their “brazen and inappropriate use” of force and carrying out “brutal rapes and sexual assaults” against civilians. “We demand the immediate release of opposition leaders and a return to civilian rule as soon as possible, a move that the Guinean people themselves continue to demand,” said the spokesman.
Reports from Guinea said at least 150 people were killed and some 1,200 others wounded on Monday in a clash between the Guinean military troops and demonstrators in the capital, Conakry, where the military junta led by Captain Moussa Camara seized power in a coup in December after the death of President Lansana Conte.
Camara, who until May confirmed no part in the future presidential election to end the crisis, has recently announced his candidacy and sparked an outcry from the opposition. Tensions are escalating in the run-up to an election expected within months.
The European Union also strongly condemned the violent crackdown by security forces on political demonstrations in Conakry of Guinea.
“The indiscriminate and brutal violence against these demonstrators is unacceptable. The Presidency deplores the loss of life and expresses its sympathy to the families of the victims,” said the EU’s Presidency Sweden in a statement.
Guinea clash claims 60 lives as tension mounts with junta ahead of elections. About 60 people were killed on Monday in the Guinean capital Conackry, where thousands of protestors clashed with soldiers against the military junta involvement in the January presidential elections, according to the latest information monitored here.
Security forces came to disperse the protesters. Shots were fired and teargas canisters thrown around. It was the hooded men who made the situation worse, a report posted on the website www.guineenews.org said, citing victims. (Xinhua)