Civil society leaders arrested in Guinea ahead of protest

Civil society leaders arrested in Guinea ahead of protest

Not less than 6 prominent figures of civil society group in Guinea were still being held in secret locations on Sunday, a day after their arrest ahead of mobilization against President Alpha Conde’s decision to seek a third term, their lawyer said.

The six men are the main leaders of the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), a coalition created in April by opposition parties, unions and members of civil society.

The coalition, which was supported on Saturday by the powerful teachers’ union, called on Guineans to protest from Monday against a draft revision of the constitution that would allow Alpha Condé, 81, to run for a third term in office at the end of his 2nd term in 2020.

They were abducted on Saturday from the home of their leaders and taken to the DPJ (Directorate of Judicial Police), where they were interrogated for more than four hours and then taken to an unknown location, their lawyer, Salifou Béavogui told Reuters.

The police is accusing them of “disturbing public order and making inciting statement to cause a revolt, a charge they rejected,” he added.

The six officials were arrested without incident on Saturday by members of the security forces at the home of their national coordinator, former minister and leader of the National Platform of Citizens United for Development (PCUD) Abdourahmane Sanoh , FNDC announced in a statement.

List of detainees

Along with Mr. Sanoh, other leaders being held are; Ibrahima Diallo, “planning”, Sékou Koundouno (Balai citizen), “digital communication”, Abdoulaye Oumou Sow (Association of bloggers of Guinea), and two “facilitators” of BDNF, Baïlo Mamadou Barry (NGO Destin Main), and Alpha Soumah rapper known as Bill Sam, according to a list released Sunday by the FNDC.

Two other activists were arrested outside Mr. Sanoh’s home: a family member, Mamadou Sanoh, and Sheikh Sakho (Liberal Democratic Movement, MoDeL).

 

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