Guinean soldiers kill 10 at protest

Associated Press / September 29, 2009

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CONAKRY, Guinea - Soldiers fired into a crowded stadium where demonstrators had gathered to protest against the West African nation’s coup leader yesterday, killing at least 10 people.

Opposition parties had organized the protest in the capital’s main soccer stadium, which drew some 50,000 people. Demonstrators chanted “We want true democracy.’’ Red-bereted soldiers from the presidential guard later entered the stadium and fired into the crowd.

Tensions have risen amid rumors that the military leader, Captain Moussa “Dadis’’ Camara, may run in presidential elections scheduled for Jan. 31.

Camara came to power in a coup last December, hours after longtime dictator Lansana Conte died. Camara initially said he would not run in the election, but has recently said he has the right to run.

The international community cut off aid and froze Guinea’s membership in the African Union after the coup.

Demonstrations against Camara have grown but none of the responses have been as violent as yesterday’s.