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Cameroon police halt opposition demo in solidarity with Anglophone regions

Cameroon police halt opposition demo in solidarity with Anglophone regions


<h3>Cameroonian security forces have stopped a demonstration in the port city of Douala on Saturday organised by the main opposition Social Democratic Front (<span class="caps">SDF</span>) in solidarity with the embittered Anglophone regions.</h3> <p>The planned demonstration led by Littoral regional <span class="caps">SDF</span> Chairman and activist Jean-Michel Nintcheu was banned by the authorities on Thursday “to prevent violence and damage to public property”. </p> <p>The party ignored the ban and decided to go ahead with the protest which was joined by Kah Walla, the leader of another opposition party the Cameroon People’s Party (<span class="caps">CPP</span>).</p> <p>Some leaders of the <span class="caps">SDF</span> were detained including Nintcheu, the regional president Emmanuel Ntonga and two journalists of Equinoxe TV who were released after a warning.</p> <p>Security forces were stationed at several positions in the city and the Omnisport Stadium of Bepanda where a rally was to be held followed by a march to the Ecole Publique de Deido roundabout.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Security in Douala today. <br /> All attempts to supress <span class="caps">SDF</span>-Opposition rally on course <a href="https://t.co/hdiQ5alL8l">pic.twitter.com/hdiQ5alL8l</a></p>— Mimi237 (@Mimimefo237) <a href="https://twitter.com/Mimimefo237/status/921719289417224193?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 21, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Despite the heavy security deployment and rains, some protesters came out in small numbers carrying placards demanding the release of those arrested.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The atmosphere in Bepanda, Dla <a href="https://t.co/ufbEcks7Bj">pic.twitter.com/ufbEcks7Bj</a></p>— Mimi237 (@Mimimefo237) <a href="https://twitter.com/Mimimefo237/status/921753765031620609?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 21, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Cameroon’s English-speaking North West and South West regions are facing repression from the government and security forces after protests since November 2016 in demand for fair distribution of wealth while others are calling for independence.</p> <p>Several hundreds have been arrested while dozens killed during the protests which have been banned by the government.</p> <p>Human rights groups condemn the government’s violent response to the peaceful protesters. </p> <p>President Paul Biya, who is in Geneva is expected to return to the country on Saturday.</p>
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