indeed... 157 dead and over 1200 injured... not sure how many raped.
"They were raping women publicly," said opposition activist Mouctar Diallo in an interview with French radio station RFI. "Soldiers were shooting everywhere and I saw people fall. They were live bullets," Diallo added.
"Women were stripped naked. The soldiers were putting their rifles in the vaginas of these women ... I saw this myself."
there were reports that after inserting their rifles inside the women, they pulled the trigger on any woman who did not immediately proclaim support of interim leader moussa camara.
the rapes began at the stadium, then continued in the army barracks, police posts and in the suburbs of conakry, according to mamadi kaba, head of the guinean branch of the african encounter for the defence of human rights.
this behaviour continues in the suburbs, carried out by the military, he said. 'even if there's nobody on the street, they shoot in the air, loot shops and beat people up'.
as the footage in the video above shows, those who tried to flee the shooting were beaten with bayonets by the military guards. eyewitnesses also said that some were stabbed with knives.
the military also looted shops and homes. opposition leader sidya toure, who was arrested, returned home to find his home completely looted.
many protesters are still in custody, including women, and are probably still being subjected to violent mistreatment.
there were 50,000 people at the protest which was sparked by moussa camara's inference that he would be running for presidency in the january 31 election. the relative peace in guinea in the past year has been due to his promise that neither he nor his deputies would become candidates in the election. initially the president also promised an election within 60 days of taking power in the coup last christmas.
moussa camara stated that should there be any further protests, the bloodshed will continue.
clearly it's open slather for the military right now. actually, they have always enjoyed being able to do what they like with civilians but they are taking things a lot further now.
the people are incensed over the president's decision to break his promise and run for the election. do you really think that things are going to cool down before the election? do you expect the election to be fair? do you expect the people of guinea will calmly accept a rigged election?