Tuesday 16 January 2018

'Dozens' of opposition members detained in E.Guinea: party

'Dozens' of opposition members detained in E.Guinea: party
(AFP (eng) 12/30/17)
"Security forces attacked our headquarters in Bata on Thursday and arrested dozens of activists, including some who had claimed refuge there more than four weeks ago," said Bonifacio Nguema, deputy head of the Citizens for Innovation (CI) opposition group

"Dozens" of activists from Equatorial Guinea's main opposition party have been detained at its headquarters in the capital Malabo and the port city of Bata, a party member told AFP Friday.

"Security forces attacked our headquarters in Bata on Thursday and arrested dozens of activists, including some who had claimed refuge there more than four weeks ago," said Bonifacio Nguema, deputy head of the Citizens for Innovation (CI) opposition group.

The CI also released a statement denouncing a series of clashes between police and party supporters, a number of whom were arrested, at the party's Malabo headquarters on Thursday.

The party said at least 50 activists had been already been detained since a November 12 general election that saw the ruling party of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema win a landslide victory with 92 percent of the vote.

The election was widely criticised by opposition groups as fraudulent.

Obiang is Africa's longest-serving leader and has ruled the former Spanish colony for 38 years. He has been repeatedly accused of abuse by human rights groups.

Equatorial Guinea, which borders Cameroon and Gabon, is one of sub-Sahara's biggest oil producers but a large proportion of its 1.2 million population still lives in poverty.

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