Guinean military junta leader, Moussa Dadis Camara, declared Sept. 30 and Sept. 31 days of national mourning after as many as 157 people were killed in a Sept. 28 demonstration against his intention to run for election held in the capital, Conakry. Even long-time observers were shocked by the brutality of troops who fired live rounds and, according to eyewitness accounts, subjected women to vicious sexual abuse as they dispersed the rally. "He is a strongman, and strongmen tend to be immune to outside pressure," Corinne Dufka of Human Rights Watch (HRW) said of the army officer who seized power in December 2008 after the death of Lansana Conte, who came to power in a 1984 military coup. (Bloomberg, Reuters)

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