“We would rather be cowardly detained by an oppressive regime than be our own prisoners… No amount of harassment or intimidation of any kind will overcome our determination and our commitment to make our country an environment of freedom, democracy and a true rule of law,” the leaders of the Quartet said in their statement this Sunday, October 23, 2022.
We inform you that following statements by the Minister of Justice held on Thursday, October 20, 2022 on national television regarding the trial of certain political leaders of the coalitions of ANAD, CORED, FNDC Politique and RPG Arc-en-ciel and allies, we have finally received our individual summons asking us to report to the Central Directorate of Judicial Investigations of the National Gendarmerie (DCIJ-GN) on Monday, October 24, 2022 at 09:00.
Together with our lawyers, we will respond favorably to this summons on Monday at the time indicated. We take the national and international community to witness the CNRD’s determination to silence all dissonant voices.
We very seriously want everyone to understand once and for all that as far as we are concerned, we live in a country where we are permanently exposed to the risk of being arrested, imprisoned and persecuted for our opinions, because of what we thought was right for our country and its people is infinitely more difficult to bear than going to prison.
So we would rather be cowardly detained by an oppressive regime than be our own prisoners than shut up by becoming complicit as our country sinks into a totalitarian drift.
This looks like both a betrayal of our people, but also a de facto acceptance of a form of confinement in freedom that does not suit us. These summonses, based on threats, have the sole purpose of sanctioning the opposition’s failure to participate in the “dialogue” that the Prime Minister shortly opened.
Therefore, no form of harassment or intimidation of any kind will overcome our determination and our commitment to make our country an environment of freedom, democracy and the true rule of law.
1- Etienne SOROPOGUI
2-Foot Oussou FOFANA
3- Francis HABA
4- Cello BUTT
5- Elhadj Dembo SYLLA
6-Elhadj Mamadou SYLLA
7- Bano SOW
8- Bouya Konate