Saturday, February 5, 2022

Africa’s ‘narco-state' Guinea-Bissau

After a five-hour gunfight at the government palace in Guinea-Bissau, President Umaro Sissoco Embaló declared that one of the assailants, three civilians and seven security had been killed. Embaló pointed the finger at traffickers.

In 2018 at least 30 metric tons of cocaine entered the country, all of it bound for Europe.
The “failed attack against democracy . . . was well-prepared and organized and could also be related to people involved in drug trafficking” Embaló said.  The former Portuguese colony was beset by instability since its independence in 1974. It has staged at least nine coups. The term 'narco-state' implies the free flow of narcotics through national ports on a transnational journey protected by official collusion. The nation’s military plays a role in politics, including coups, the most recent of which was in 2012. The military has also participated in narcotics trafficking.
In 2013, a New York grand jury indicted Gen. Antonio Indjai, then the nation’s Army chief of staff, on charges of trafficking Colombian cocaine and providing weapons to anti-government insurgents there. He had seized power during the 2012 coup. He was sacked in 2014. Indjai, who the US government called “one of the most powerful destabilizing figures in Guinea-Bissau” when it put up a $5m reward for his arrest, lives freely in Bissau.
See ----->Guinea-Bissau: Africa's 'narco-state'