Camera focused on Camara’s Guinea violence
In a case of the workman blaming his tools, Guinea's military leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara banned all "subversive" gatherings days after soldiers killed up to 200 people in street demonstrations in the capital Conakry. The leader of a December coup, who now wants to run in January presidential elections, said troublemakers would be severely punished. These troublemakers appear to include opposition politicians, some 50,000 people who rallied against him, and "uncontrollable" elements in the military. Camara’s post-coup promises to step down after overseeing a transition back to civilian rule are sounding ever more hollow. The action by the army closely resembles its behaviour under his predecessor Lasana Conte, who ruled from 1984 until he died last year. In 2007 security forces killed more than 100 civilians participating in a strike over the release from prison of corrupt government officials. Troops later went on a rampage of torture, theft and rape.