Protests outside White House Friday
Two opposition political parties staged protests and counter protests outside the White House to Guinean President Alpha Conde's meeting with president Obama Friday.
July 29th, 2011
12:59 PM ET

Protests outside White House Friday

More than one hundred protestors representing opposing political parties in the African nation of Guinea chanted loudly Friday outside the White House in anticipation of Guinean President Alpha Conde's meeting with President Obama.

The White House called the president's meeting with President Conde and three other African nation presidents "an opportunity to underscore the administration's support support of emerging democracies."

Conde, a former political science professor, was elected in 2010 in an election many consider the country's first democratic vote. Up to that point Guinea had been governed by civilian authoritarian rulers for 50 years since the country's independence from French colonial rule in 1958.

Members of Guinea's opposition party, the Union of Democratic Forces, protested Conde's White House visit chanting and carrying signs calling for "Justice for victims in Guinea."

But across the plaza, outside the White House gates, counter protesters in support of President Conde loudly chanted and carried banners praising the new president and the democracy they say he brings to Guinea.

President Obama will meet with President Conde, President Boni Yayi of Benin, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, and President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire. The White House says the talks will center on building strong democratic institutions and economic development in their countries.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Jay in NC

    Isn't it nice that the world now respects us?

    July 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  2. jean2009

    At least their protesting against the President of Guinea ...not throwing shoes at our president.

    July 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Oh Nuts

      Yours sir, is the attitude that has us in this divisive mode right now. Barrack Obama IS the President of the United States of America whether you voted for him or not. Those are the facts, that's just the way it is if you are an American citizen...and guess what? This will be a true statement in 2012. If you don't like it you can go to Guinea; better yet you can go to hello. That goes for the rest of you "He's not my President Crowd" it's enough heat for all of you down there. Hateful dogs.

      July 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
      • Nut o


        July 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      They could not get close enough, thatd all, otherwise they would have thrown something!

      August 1, 2011 at 6:00 am |
  3. C-Lo

    Awesome! we are on the brink of financial collapse with 1/2 of the rest of the industrialized world, lacking any leadership from the top, and Kenyan Ken decides to meet with the leaders of 3 nations with total GDP rivaling that of Rochester to discuss THEIR economic development. But hey, at least he Twitters his townhall meetings. Cool.

    July 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      right he really should be up on the hill asking the republicans\teaparty why they want to destroy our country

      July 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
      • jean2009

        He knows why:
        A.) It is an attempt at political coupe.
        B.) The teapotty is a wholly owned subsidiary of Big Business...aka Citizen's United. Businesses which live offshore and don't want their American profits taxed...they don't give a rat's backside for Americans other than the ones they can brainwash and use to do their biding.

        July 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Gee, So now the conspiracy has moved offshore?

        Brainwashed??? You would know that Jean!

        August 1, 2011 at 6:07 am |
  4. milkymilk

    Today there is a hundred protesters.. Wait til those government checks stop coming in and those goveernment homes foreclose.. All those traffic tickets start piling up on top of utility bills along with other expenses with less job opportunities and high demand for food and water!! that hundred will turn into hundred thousands and more!! Trust me their are more minorities then their police stations, jails, prisons etc. Soon all will be out in the open and the people will decide to do with the failed nation ran by ignorant politicians..

    July 29, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  5. tnwoman1948


    Good comment and so true.

    July 30, 2011 at 8:48 am |
    • Bill in STL

      LOL, another one!

      August 1, 2011 at 6:07 am |
  6. Fofana Mohammed

    There are so many reasons why the only and first democratic president in the history of Guinea will never be liked and will always be opposed by the Foulah tribe....they are so used to freedom of destruction of economical structure of the country..illicit Drugs were sold like paracetamol and theft of government and the country's money was as rampant as hip-hop music...they are used to the corrupt and selfish motive towards the man buying the whole land of a country with a stolen money that can feed so many poor people in the nation. this true Son of the Nation has come to change all that and to make the nation retrieve her pride and beautiful structure that favors all instead of just one slim small selfish tribe...May God continue to save him and bless this nation....AMEN!

    July 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
  7. Thierno dem

    The Guinean president (Alpha Conde) is not a democrat and we urge president Obama to put him on the righ track for the best of all Guinean people.

    July 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  8. maragy mccafferty

    I am concerned for social security and medicade. I am 82 years old and have been paying social security since I was a teenager (14) with a work permit. I thought it was a security I was paying. Please I am too old to have something happen to it now. I't is not like the seniors have not done their part toward these two very good programs. I go with Obama and the Democrats so far.

    July 30, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  9. an observer

    Respect for others, you despise the world and you
    allow to say anything, knowing that the independent country despite their poverty and that citizens of these countries are human beings just like you
    so please respect. These protesters campaigning for respect for
    human rights in their countries, they have nothing against the American president,
    I recall that he is loved more in Africa and the United States because of its
    ethnicity, but for once U.S. citizens are
    respectful of other peoples. rarely are U.S. citizens
    know what is happening outside the United States while the rest of the world
    knows all the United States.

    August 1, 2011 at 9:36 am |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Oh Nuts, I agree with you totally! you Go! Obama/Biden 2012!

    August 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm |