The reasons for the arrest of Étienne Soropogui, who was a fierce opponent of former President Alpha Condé before being released by the military after their putsch of September 5, 2021, have not been made public.
He was arrested in the suburbs of Conakry, according to the Guinean media, after having participated in the morning in a popular program on the radio Fim FM.
“The people of Guinea-Conakry no longer accept these authoritarian excesses perpetrated by the military junta, he declared, criticizing the arrests of journalists and political and civil society figures. If we rely on force to seize (the) power and want to stay there by eliminating a certain number of potential candidates (for a future presidential election), the door is open to chaos. »
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A transitional period of government by the military like the current one is “intended to return to constitutional order”, he stressed. “Hollow notions of refoundation make no sense”, he added, while the junta justifies its intention to lead the country for another three years by the need for “refoundation” and reforms deep.
“The junta is in a situation of total isolation,” added Étienne Soropogui about the retaliatory measures inflicted on the Guinean soldiers by ECOWAS.
“Heavily armed gendarmes without any warrant kidnapped the pro-democracy leader before deporting him to the central direction of judicial investigations” of the gendarmerie, said in a press release the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), collective which carries the voice of the opposition.
“This new form of extrajudicial arrest and persecution of pro-democracy activists confirms the desire (of the junta) to use all illegal means to maintain power,” said the FNDC, including two leaders, Oumar Sylla, alias Foniké Mangué, and Ibrahima Diallo, were arrested fin July.