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Title: CNDD ORDERS STADIUM CLOSED TO PREVENT OPPOSITION

IdentifierCreatedReleasedClassificationOrigin
09CONAKRY5872009-09-24 14:59:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Conakry
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/24/2019 
TAGS: PGOV PHUM PREL ASEC GV
SUBJECT: CNDD ORDERS STADIUM CLOSED TO PREVENT OPPOSITION 
PROTEST 
 
Classified By: POLOFF J. TULLY FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D) 
 
¶1. (U) On September 23, Minister of Youth Isto Keira 
announced that the country's largest National Stadium would 
be closed until Ocotober 5 for all cultural and political 
events prior to the Guinea-Burkina Faso soccer match 
scheduled for October 11.  Claiming that some nefarious 
Guineans, paid by the opposing team, might plant fetishes in 
the stadium to throw the game, Keira sternly declared the 
facility closed. The closure conveniently prevents use of the 
stadium by the Forces Vives for a planned anti-Dadis 
demonstration on the 28th. 
 
¶2. (U) Ridiculing the ruling, an Embassy LES claimed that the 
stadium had always been in use prior to other games, 
including a recent Guinea-Malawi match that Guinea lost. "Big 
concerts have always taken place there the night before 
soccer matches - no one worried about fetishes then." 
 
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COMMENT 
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¶3. (C) Closure of the stadium is unlikely to prevent the 
Force Vives from gathering. The move to close the stadium, 
which many see as a blatant attempt to silence the 
opposition, may increase political tensions.  One Forces 
Vives member indignantly claimed to an Embassy officer that 
"We will march and then force our way into the stadium."  A 
prominent youth leader stated that they were also considering 
a smaller stadium in another Conakry neighborhood close to 
where many Forces Vives members live. Several dates are being 
bandied about as possibilities for anti-CNDD demonstrations, 
the 28th being the most commonly heard.  However, if 
potential demonstrators fear a security crackdown, they may 
alter their tactics. 
BROKENSHIRE