Sept. 30, 2009, midnight
Junta leader Moussa Dadis CAMARA has called for a United Nations-backed inquiry into violent protests occurring on September 28. Soldiers representing the military government fired on about 50,000 protesters Monday, killing and wounding at least 153 and 1,253, respectively. Women have reported being raped by the troops, and others say soldiers have raided hospitals to suppress victims' testimonies. Protesters had gathered in a stadium to demonstrate against CAMARA'S statement in August that he might contest the first-round Presidential election on January 31. Captain CAMARA seized power in a coup following the death of long-time President Lansana CONTE. Last May, CAMARA said he would not run in the election, which was originally scheduled for December.