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Papers around the world are condemning the massacre of 157 protestors in the Guinean capital Conakry on Monday. L’Observateur Paalga, a newspaper in Burkina Faso, says Guinea’s military leader Dadis Camara only made matters worse when he spoke to Radio France International and said that the army was “uncontrollable”. “His comments were disconcerting and ill-considered…it would have been better to say nothing al all.”
The Guardian in the UK also covers the Guinean massacre. “Witnesses report looting and rape and 1,250 injured. The coup leader puts blame on uncontrollable elements.”
On the same page, there’s a focus on France’s relations with Guinea. The paper quotes Sylvain Touati of the French Institute of International Relations who says ‘Of All France’s colonies, Guinea was toughest in cutting links with its colonial master. At independence, Guinea went down the route of a Marxist regime close to Russia and China than France.”
Nonetheless France is leading the EU effort to determine how to react to the violence. The Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner has called an EU meeting today in Brussels. The African Union, for its part, has already given Dadis Camara an October deadline to rule himself out of the country’s presidential elections next year on pain of sanctions.
Other stories we had a look at in today’s papers:
The Independent: The last throw for Brown
The Times: Gordon Brown misses his moment
The Irish Times: Lisbon Treaty faces new court challenge from Czech senators
The Irish Times: The importance of a Yes vote (editorial)
The Financial Times: Irish vote shows Europe’s lack of legitimacy
The Sun: JK Rowling denied the US Presidential Medal for Freedom because of “Sorcery”
The Huffington Post: Washington Gothic: Zapatero’s daughters draw inspiration from DC…see which Washingtonians have gone goth