Paris, France – Police on Thursday afternoon arrested 24 people who took part in a protest demonstration in Paris against the three-day official visit made by Guinean president Alpha Condé to France, police sources told PANA in the French capital. The demonstrators booed the Guinean president at the Town Hall of Paris where he had arrived accompanied by his delegation to hold talks with the socialist mayor of the city, Bertrand Delanoë. ‘We have arrested 24 people. They will be the object of an identity control; after this, we’ll see,’ a source from the police prefecture of Paris told PANA. Another protester had been arrested earlier on Wednesday morning at the headquarters of the Movement of French companies (MEDEF) for interrupting the president who was addressing French businessmen.
Several Guinean civil society organisations had called for the rally on Thursday to protest against ‘the dictatorial drifts’ of the country’s new president.
The rally was banned by the prefecture authorities who sent a huge security force to tighten security on president Condé’s visit to the Town Hall of Paris.
The Guinean president arrived on Tuesday to the French capital accompanied by some members of his government and several Guinean economic operators.