Guinea Bissau: Nuno Nabiam reacts to protester’s death in protests

by Amos Kalu

Nuno Gomes Nabian, also a candidate for the presidential elections in Guinea-Bissau, reacted on Sunday (27.10) to the events of Saturday’s protests in Bissau, which resulted in a dead and wounded.

The leader of the United People’s Assembly – Guinea-Bissau Democratic Party (APU-PDGB), which shares governance with the African Independence Party of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), accuses police authorities of “executing” a protester Saturday (26:10) following a suppressed manifestation by the forces of order.

Nuno Gomes Nabian, who is also a presidential candidate supported by his party, reacted on Sunday to a press conference on Saturday’s events in Bissau:

“What happened in this march is a premeditated plan and an order to have it killed. It is serious. It is what we call the excess force or brutality of the force of order, which is not normal in a society we are trying to build. This brother [protester] ] was executed. Inhaled the gas, lost his breath, passed out. According to the information, the police arrived and put his gun around his neck to the death. It is an order to kill the people, not to manifest themselves. have to be held responsible. “


Protest in Guinea Bissau (DW / A. Sambú)
Police disperse protesters in Bissau

Following the events – which resulted in the death of one of the protesters and the injury of two others – several reactions arose on Saturday (26.10). The Guinean League of Human Rights and the Movement for Democratic Alternation (MADEM-G15),  the opposition leader,  condemn police action and urged the prosecutor to open a swift and transparent inquiry into accountability.

MADEM G-15 also said it was surprised by the P5’s silence regarding the “disproportionate” performance of law enforcement forces. The leading opposition party holds the Government responsible, particularly the Prime Minister (Aristides Gomes) and the Interior Minister (Juliano Fernandes) for what happened.

P5 is from the denomination given to the United Nations, European Union, African Union, Economic Community of West African States and Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries, which have supported Guinea-Bissau.

For its part, the Interior Ministry, which had banned the demonstration the day before, claiming that the march organizers did not meet the criteria and requirements to obtain their endorsement, announced the opening of an internal inquiry to investigate possible responsibilities. According to the ministry, the data collected do not indicate that the death of a protester is linked to police action.

The demonstration had been called to denounce alleged irregularities in the electoral process allegedly committed by the Government in preparation for the presidential elections scheduled for November 24.

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