Statement from Spokesperson Nuland on the 2009 Massacre at Pro-Democracy Rally in Guinea

Washington, D.C.

Today marks three years since Guinean security forces opened fire on a group of peaceful, unarmed demonstrators at a pro-democracy rally in Conakry. At least 150 people were killed and over 100 women suffered rape and other forms of sexual abuse.

As Guineans gather to commemorate this tragedy in places from New York to Conakry, we call upon the Government and the people of Guinea to accelerate the pace of Guinea’s democratic progress, including by cooperating to hold timely and transparent legislative elections; investigate and try those responsible for the 2009 massacre; and engage in a dual process of national reconciliation and justice sector reform that will address and conclude Guinea’s lengthy history of political violence and impunity.

We call on protesters to remain peaceful, the Guinean Government to respect freedom of assembly, and police to refrain from excessive use of force.

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