Guinea ALERT: One person dead, 40 others injured for “protecting” journalist

One person died and 40 others sustained injuries on November 17, 2013, when police opened fire and tear gas on demonstrators who had gathered outside Planète FM a privately-owned radio station.

According to the MFWA’s correspondent in the country, the demonstrators who were believed to be pro-opposition went to the radio station’s premises after Mandjan Sidibé, director-general of Planète FM made a distress call during a programme asking listeners to come to his aid.

The correspondent reported that Sidibé told listeners there were unknown persons on motorbikes at the building in which the radio station is located and they were “getting ready to assassinate” him.Anchor

Soon after the announcement, the youth trooped to the premises of the radio station to “protect” Sidibé. The police later went to the scene and used tear gas and live bullets to disperse the demonstrators. This resulted in the death of one person and forty others injured.

Authorities have however debunked Sidibé’s allegation and accused him of inciting people to violence and that the incident will be investigated.

The MFWA is concerned about the seeming lack of tolerance by the Guinean police force whenever citizens attempt to exercise their right to assemble or demonstrate.

For more information please contact:
Sulemana Braimah
Executive Director
Tel: 233-0302-24 24 70
Fax: 233-0302-22 10 84

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