As a birthday present for his coup, Mamadi Doumbouya would no doubt have chosen something else. Just one year after the overthrow of Alpha Condé, and despite the “truce” observed until then, September 5 is a day of demonstration in Guinea. Organized by the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC, which stood up against the third mandate of the former president), the mobilization against the transitional authorities illustrates the mistrust that prevails in the country. This Monday, a deleterious climate reigns over Conakry.
Guinea: Mamadi Doumbouya facing the anger of the street
In September 2021, Mamadi Doumbouya had already had to ban the demonstrations. But they then had nothing to do with those of the FNDC: it was the “demonstrations of support” for the junta that had been banned. It seems a long time ago when Guinea discovered this big guy whose victorious gaze was displayed in XXL size on the walls of the city. He then promised to chase the demons of the past beyond the borders, to put an end to the instrumentalization of justice, the trampling of human rights and corruption, and announced an “inclusive transition et appeased”.
On September 27, 2021, the colonel left to pray at the Bambéto cemetery, where most of the victims of the demonstrations organized under Alpha Condé are buried. The same place where he had offered his first crowd baths when he took power. Whoever wanted to “make love to Guinea” was then living his honeymoon.
A year later, the divorce with the Guineans seems consummated. The opponents of Alpha Condé, who applauded with both hands the military coup, abandoned several months ago the guarantee of “good faith” granted to Doumbouya. “Guineans should no longer die for politics,” Mamadi Doumbouya had launched just after the capture of Alpha Condé. The commitment lasted nine months.