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Guinea must release protestors and return to democracy

2009/10/07

Parliament has just added to its agenda a debate on the situation in Guinea. Just over a week ago, at least 100 people were killed and another 1,200 wounded in the capital Conakry, as government forces shot into a demonstration against the regime. The protests were targeted at military regime leader Moussa Dadis Camara, who is planning to run in the presidential election early next year.

The European Union has forcefully condemned the military coup in Guinea, which took place in December last year. Right after the brutal shootings in Conakry, the Swedish presidency also urged the immediate release of the arrested protestors, and demanded a return to democracy. Later today, I will also tell Parliament that the EU Council is currently discussing possible action with regard to Guinea. Targeted sanctions is a measure that most likely will be considered.

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