58 killed as Guinean soldiers open fire at rally

Author: By Tom Peck

Witnesses said several prominent opposition leaders were arrested and
protesters were injured in violence that began when thousands of people took
to the streets and met in the stadium despite a massive security operation
by the authorities. Opposition parties had organized the protest in the main
football stadium in the capital Conakry, which drew some 50,000 people.
Soldiers wearing the red berets of the presidential guard later entered the
stadium and fired into the crowd.

“At one hospital alone, we have counted 58 bodies,” Thierno Maadjou
Sow, president of the Guinean Human Rights Organisation said. “It seems
there are many more corpses in (the other hospital),” he said.

The violence is the worst in the country since military ruler Captain Moussa
Dadis Camara seized power in 2008, hours after the death of longtime
dictator Lansana Conte. He has recently said he has the right to run in
forthcoming elections if he chooses, which has angered opposition leaders.

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