A suspension of demonstrations to hope for mediation. In Guinea, a group behind two days of violent protests this week in Conakry announced the suspension of the protests for a week following the mediation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). ), according to a press release sent on Saturday July 30 by Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Also announced by the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), a coalition of parties, unions and civil society organizations. “The arrest of his house” its coordinator, Oumar Sylla, alias Foniké Mengué, “to the police” night from Friday to Saturday. Fonike Mengue used to be “taken to an unknown destination”FNDC lawyer Abdoulaye Keita told AFP on Saturday.
“A Chance to Intercede”
FNDC claimed to have on Friday “an interview with the current president of ECOWAS, the Bissau-Guinean Head of State, Umaro Sissoco Embalo”, on the situation in Guinea, in its press release. collectively “acquiesced to the express request” by Mr. embalo “to suspend the demonstrations for a week”. “This truce has the sole purpose of giving the ECOWAS mediation an opportunity to find a favorable outcome to the crisis in Guinea”the statement added.
Demonstrations on Thursday, July 28 left one dead in Conakry, a report that was not confirmed by the authorities. That Friday killed one person according to the prosecution, four according to the FNDC. In addition, four journalists are “attacked by demonstrators” Friday, reported the Guinea Press Professionals Union, which “condemned to the last strength” in these works “retrogrades”.
These violent demonstrations followed the FNDC’s call to denounce the “unilateral transition management” through the junta. The National Alliance for Alternation and Democracy, another coalition of parties, movements and associations, and the Rally of the People of Guinea, the former ruling party, joined the call of the FNDC on Thursday in demonstrations in Conakry.
Battles in Conakry and its suburbs
Clashes between the police and young people broke out in Conakry on Friday morning, before stopping at noon and then continuing, especially in Bambéto, Sonfonia and the Le Prince highway, areas located in the suburbs, according to an AFP reporter and witnesses.
Youths burned tires and overturned trash cans on the road and threw stones at police vehicles, which responded by firing tear gas canisters, according to the same sources. Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya, who overthrew President Alpha Condé in power for more than ten years (2010-2021), on September 5, promised to hand over power to elected civilians within three years.
The junta proclaimed the ban on May 13 “until the election campaign period” in any demonstration on the public highway “likely to compromise social peace and the proper execution of activities” during the three years that would precede the return of civilians to the head of the country. The FNDC has already called for demonstrations on June 23, overriding the ban imposed by the junta. However, he suspended his call the day before the demonstration, at “give it a chance” in the dialogue proposed by the transitional government.
But after the last government meeting, the FNDC criticized “a dating parody”as well as “the solitary and authoritarian behavior of the transition” and “serious violations of fundamental rights and freedoms”. Speaking Thursday in Bissau, during a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, the current President of the Economic Community of West African States, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, assured that he has convinced the junta to speed up the return of democracy.
“I’m in Conakry (…) for the military junta to understand the decision of the summit of the heads of state that the transition will not exceed twenty-four months. They offered thirty-six months, but we managed to convince them., he said. In contrast, Ousmane Gaoual Diallo, minister and spokesman for Guinea’s transitional government, told AFP that “Neither the government nor the presidency has confirmed this information on the duration of the transition in Guinea”.