A human rights organization reported 157 dead after Guinean troops fired on protesters Tuesday. Widespread rape has also been reported by witnesses. The country’s opposition leader was quoted by the BBC as saying, “I don’t know whether I’m on earth or in hell.”
Some 50,000 Guineans turned out to protest the suggestion that junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara might run for president. —PS
An eyewitness told Human Rights Watch: “I saw several women stripped and then put inside the military trucks and taken away. I don’t know what happened to them.”
“They were raping women publicly,” opposition activist Mouctar Diallon said in an interview with French radio station RFI.
Guinean human rights activist Souleymane Bah told Reuters news agency that people trying to escape from the shooting were “caught and finished off with bayonets”.