A local human rights group in Guinea says a bloody military crackdown
on anti-government protesters killed at least 157 people and wounded
more than 1,200 others.
The Guinean Organization for Defense of
Human Rights says the death toll continues to rise as aid groups and
medical workers discover more people gunned down by security forces in
a crowded stadium in Conakry on Monday.
Witnesses say security forces fired into the air and then into the crowd of about 50,000 people.
Rights Watch on Tuesday quoted witnesses, including medical personnel,
who described a bloody massacre. The witnesses said protesters were
shot multiple times, stabbed with knives and bayonets and women were
beaten and sexually assaulted.
Guinea's military ruler, Captain
Moussa Dadis Camara, admitted some soldiers lost control at the rally,
which was staged to protest his expected bid for president. In a radio
interview with Senegal's RFM Radio late Monday, Captain Camara
insisted he did not want the violence to occur.
Monday's crackdown has drawn worldwide condemnation.
European Union on Tuesday called for those responsible to be held
accountable. The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the
African Union and the French government condemned the military's use of
Captain Camara took power in a coup last December following the death of Guinea's longtime president, Lansana Conte.
he took power, Captain Camara said no one in his ruling council would
run for public office. However, the council has since said its members
are eligible to be candidates. And Captain Camara has suggested he may
run for president in elections scheduled for next year.
The African Union says it may impose sanctions on Guinea if that happens.