World Cameroon: the opposition protests after the last wave of arrests

13:10  24 september  2020
13:10  24 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Demonstrations banned and repressed in Cameroon this Tuesday, September 22, at the call of the MRC. The party of the opponent Maurice Kamto denounces a climate of intimidation. The government responds that the demonstrators broke the law.

The MRC protests after the arrest of its treasurer, of its spokesperson also, but also of several dozen other people who responded to its call to demonstrate on Tuesday. The party of the opponent Maurice Kamto had called for the rally, in particular to demand the departure from power of President Paul Biya.

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Cameroonian security forces have violently suppressed opposition party demonstrations throughout the country, beating protesters and killing one person in Douala, the economic capital, according to o… The Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC) called on people to take the streets to protest .

Cameroonian authorities have issued 15 international arrest warrants for leaders of an Anglophone separatist party, the Southern Cameroon National Council. It comes after at least two military police officers were killed at a security checkpoint earlier this week.

The opposition party denounces a climate of intimidation, which started even before the protests. And two days later, it is difficult, according to Wilfried Ekanga, one of Maurice Kamto 's advisers, to establish the exact number of people arrested: “It is a bit complicated to establish a precise figure, because it Some were kidnapped before the demonstrations, before the marches, that is to say on November 20, 21, and they were taken to an unknown destination. There are those who have taken shelter out of fear of reprisals. Approximately, there are 100 to 120 people. Three or four days before the marches, that is to say from September 17-18, we already had militarized towns. It looked like the country was under siege.

On the side of the government, one answers that the marches had been prohibited and that the demonstrators had defied the law. "I would like to point out already that democracy does not cope well with disregarding the law. The protest was banned, so the law must apply. And I would like to say all the same that the call to insurrection is not a political program. When we talk about the number of demonstrators, we cannot predict that there will be ten demonstrators or 100,000. So I believe that the police must do their job to protect property and citizens. You know that during demonstrations, when you break, when you burn, you never know who will assume, who will pay, who will repair ”, declared Grégoire Owona, Deputy Secretary General of the CPDM, the ruling party, and Minister of Labor and Social Security.

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The 2008 Cameroon protests were a series of violent demonstrations in Cameroon 's biggest cities that took place from 25 to 29 February 2008. The protests followed on the heels of a strike by transport workers, who were opposing high fuel prices and poor working conditions.

■ Concern for the situation of journalists

Journalists spent their second night in prison. They were arrested Tuesday during attempted demonstrations by Maurice Kamto's opposition party MRC. Demonstration which had been banned by the authorities who had deployed a large police force. Arrests with violence, as was the case for that of our correspondent Polycarpe Essomba. He was beaten with a baton and beaten on the feet by the police, who then arrested him along with two other journalists from Agence France Presse. All three were finally released on Tuesday. Four other journalists arrested that same day were released Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

A serious press freedom situation which is of great concern to Angela Quintal, the Africa program coordinator for CPJ, the Committee for protection of journalists.

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