The interview below is the testimony of a Guinean soldier who took part in the repression of the opposition demonstration in Conakry, in Guinea, on Se...
CONAKRY, Guinea — Guinea's military leader banned all gatherings and demonstrations Wednesday, as the United Nations pressed for an independent investigation into why troops opened fire on 50,000 pro-democracy protesters.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay condemned the soldiers' use of live ammunition against the unarmed people who gathered Monday in a stadium in Conakry, the capital, to protest against Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara, the country's military leader.
A human rights group said 157 people were killed and more than 1,200 were wounded. The government maintains that 57 people died and said most of them were trampled.
The U.N. Security Council also condemned the shootings Wednesday and joined the call for an independent investigation.
U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, the current council president, called on the government to free all opposition leaders and political prisoners "without delay."
Conakry residents load a minibus. Flickr photo: martapiqs Almost one year after a bloodless coup in December 2008 - during which Captain Mous...