Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Condemns Mass Killings, Rape in Guinea

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called violence by Guinea's government "criminality of the greatest degree" after soldiers last week raped female protesters in the streets and fired into a crowd, killing more than 150 people in the West African nation, according to reports.

After a bilateral with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, she told the press that the government of Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara should apologize to its people and give up power. Camara seized power hours after longtime dictator Lansana Conte died last December. Read more about the sitation in Guinea from this NY Times article.

She said the United States will take "appropriate actions" against Guinea's government.

It will not surprise you to hear that I was particularly appalled by the violence against women. In broad daylight in a stadium, it was a criminality of the greatest degree. And those who committed such acts should not be given any reason to expect that they will escape justice. There should be no impunity, and there should be an effort to bring those who were the leaders and perpetrators of the murders and rapes to justice very shortly.
Read the full transcript of their remarks here or watch below:

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