posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com – March 31st, 2012
During the morning of Friday, March 30, in the major cities of Equatorial Guinea there were peaceful demonstrations to protest the international arrest warrant against the Minister of Agriculture, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, issued by French judges. The march of Malabo, which took place as all the rest, in a completely peaceful manner, culminated at the French Embassy, where a statement of protest was read.
On the morning of Friday, March 30, the major cities and towns of the country were the venue for the peaceful mass demonstrations involving hundreds of thousands of Guineans, to protest the recent legal action taken in France against the interests and personalities of Equatorial Guinea.
In the city of Malabo, the march was led by Prime Minister Ignacio Milam Tang, although it also involved other government officials, members of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) and thousands of ordinary citizens. It was convened by this political party, and took place in a totally peaceful manner and ended at the French embassy in Malabo.
At the Embassy, the Secretary-General of the PDGE, Lucas Nguema Esono, read an official statement condemning the persecution carried out by France against Equatorial Guinea, “violating the spirit of the traditional friendly and cooperation relations, as well as bilateral agreements between the two countries“.
The statement also alluded to other attacks on the institutions of Equatorial Guinea, such as the controversy created by the issue of the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Prize, and, of course, alluded to the seizure of a property of the State of Equatorial Guinea in Paris, and the unjust international request for the arrest of the Minister of State in Charge of Agriculture and Forestry, Nguema Obiang Mangue.
Lucas Nguema Esono said, as the Equatorial Guinean Government had already stated in a communiqué two days ago- that the French actions “are a clear attempt to destabilize the Government and institutions of Equatorial Guinea.”
The Secretary-General of the PDGE also recalled that France is one of the main partners in the development of Equatorial Guinea, and that the French companies enjoy great economic privileges in the areas of telecommunications, oil distribution, infrastructures, banking and military cooperation.
Finally, the statement showed the strong condemnation of the violation of the principles of international law and the intention of imposition of neo-colonialism, as a new model in African countries, which France has exercised, and is now accused of ignoring the condition of sovereign state of Equatorial Guinea.
The statement also called on the people of Equatorial Guinea to maintain “the calm and hospitality that characterizes us, with every country in the world who love peace” and urged the international community towards “mutual respect of States, whether large or small.”
The Ambassador of France went out to meet the demonstration and answered questions from the press, thereby demonstrating the climate of respect and calm that characterized the concentration.
Statements following the demonstration:
After the march, www.guineaecuartorialpress.com reporters “took the pulse” of the peaceful, yet committed, environment, of all participants and interviewed some of those present. For example, the Delegate Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Francophone Affairs, Eustaquio Nseng Esono, indicated the willingness of Equatorial Guinea and France to maintain good relations, and alluded to the fact it was that precisely President Obiang who was the main supporter of these relations for many years, “and we intend to continue them in the future.”
We also had the opportunity to talk with the Minister of Sports, Francisco Pascual Eyegue Obama Asue, who said that “Equatorial Guinea fights for the respect it deserves, against to other countries” and added that “this is a country open to all countries, and the respect we give to other countries is the same treatment that we expect to receive from them“.
Finally, Eyegue Obama Asue described the demonstration as “the message of a people struggling for their dignity and that should be respected.”