A concerned citizen filmed police using a woman as a human shield in Conakry, Guinea on January 29. The FRANCE 24 Observers team spoke with a man who cared for the woman after the incident, to find out what happened and how she is doing.
The video, which is just over three minutes long, shows a police officer holding onto a woman and pushing her in front of him as he advances alongside several other officers. The police were facing off with several young men during the latest in a series of protests against the possibility of President Alpha Condé serving a third term.
The three officers push the woman in front of them for several metres, apparently to protect themselves from the rocks that the young men are throwing. Eventually, the scene ends in chaos after one of the officers fires a shot. The police retreat, one grabbing the woman and half-dragging, half-carrying her.
She ran into the police officers, who told her to keep close because there were a group of rowdy young protesters nearby. But it was a trap because it quickly became clear that the officers actually wanted to use her as a shield from the young men, who were throwing rocks at them. The police had run out of tear gas and so they decided that they’d use this woman to keep themselves safe. They wanted to negotiate with the protesters, but they refused.
GUTIERREZ: “You know, a lot of President Trump’s supporters here. They see this as an affront on the Second Amendment. And certainly yes, the president has been tweeting about this rally for several days. So Hallie, I’m sending it back to you.”
UNKNOWN MAN: “Piece of sh*t. F*ck you!”
JACKSON: “Gabe Gutierrez, live for us there. Thank you, Gabe, I appreciate it. And apologies for some of the background noise as you just heard in Gabe’s live shot.”
BREAKING: Iranian regime forces are opening fire on protesters.— Hananya Naftali (@HananyaNaftali) January 12, 2020
This woman was shot in Tehran’s Azadi Ave for protesting the regime's murder of 176 passengers.
Time to topple this evil regime! #IranProtests2020 pic.twitter.com/Twr84arWDM
Brutal Islamic regime of Iran shot protesters directly. In this video an hour a go they shot a woman 👇 pic.twitter.com/6ylShBV21O— 👑👑Irandbanoo👑👑 (@Naghmeh25679677) January 12, 2020
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — Iranian security forces fired both live ammunition and tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the Islamic Republic’s initial denial that it shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, online videos purported to show Monday.
Videos sent to the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran and later verified by The Associated Press show a crowd of demonstrators near Azadi, or Freedom, Square fleeing as a tear gas canister landed among them. People cough and sputter while trying to escape the fumes, with one woman calling out in Farsi: “They fired tear gas at people! Azadi Square. Death to the dictator!”
“Oh my God, she’s bleeding nonstop!” one person shouts. Another shouts: “Bandage it!”
Photos and video after the incident show pools of blood on the sidewalk.
به مردم شجاع و رنج کشیده ایران: من از ابتدای دوره ریاست جمهوریم با شما ایستادهام و دولت من همچنان با شما خواهد ایستاد. ما اعتراضات شما را از نزدیک دنبال می کنیم. شجاعت شما الهام بخش است.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2020
To the brave and suffering Iranian people: I have stood with you since the beginning of my presidency and my government will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely. Your courage is inspiring.
دولت ایران باید به گروههای حقوق بشر اجازه بدهد حقیقت کنونی اعتراضات در جریان مردم ایران را نظارت کرده و گزارش بدهند. نباید شاهد کشتار دوباره ی معترضان مسالمت آمیز و یا قطع اینترنت باشیم. جهان نظاره گر این اتفاقات است.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2020
The Iranian government should allow human rights groups to monitor and report on the current reality of protests in the Iranian people. We should not see the peaceful killing of protesters again or the Internet shut down. The world is watching.
Breaking:— Alireza Azami (@Alireza__Azami) January 11, 2020
People in #Iran have just begun the protest against de regime.
Students of Amirkabir university in Tehran chant slogans against the supreme leader!#IranProtests#IranPlaneCrash pic.twitter.com/rzr7w6Oaju
The concealment of the Ukrainian jet downing by the Iranian authorities raised questions among the republic’s citizens, leading to the renewal of the protests.
A group of Iranian protesters demanded Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei step down on Saturday after Tehran said that its military had mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian plane, killing all 176 people on board.“Commander-in-chief [Khamenei] resign, resign,” videos posted on Twitter showed hundreds of people chanting in front of Tehran’s Amir Kabir university.
Armed groups open fire against the protesters in Nasiriyia after their refusing to mourn Qassem Soleimani in the city.
Armed groups open fire against the protesters in Nasiriyia after their refusing to mourn Qassem Soleimani in the city. pic.twitter.com/uWZwm63oxx— Azhar Al-Rubaie | أزهر الربيعي (@AzherRubaie) January 5, 2020