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Troops shoot protesters in Cameroon

Issue No. 2574

President of Cameroon Paul Biya

President of Cameroon Paul Biya (Pic: AfDB President/Flickr)


Soldiers shot dead at least eight people and wounded many in Cameroon on Sunday.

President Paul Biya’s regime has ruled the West African country for 35 years.

Cameroon was divided into British and French colonies at the end of the First World War. A single state was created after independence in 1961.

But people in the mainly English-speaking areas claim Biya has marginalised them. It is protesters from these regions who were attacked.

There were strikes and demonstrations last year over similar issues.

Before Sunday’s protests, authorities banned gatherings of more than four people and disrupted access to social media and messaging apps.

Biya’s regime is not in the interests of workers and the poor—whatever language they speak.


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International
Tue 3 Oct 2017, 14:30 BST
Issue No. 2574
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