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Cameroon police detain hundreds of teachers over pay protest

Cameroon police detain hundreds of teachers over pay protest

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<p>Over 200 teachers have been detained in the Cameroonian capital Yaounde. The teachers according to reports were planning to hold a protest demanding better conditions of service when they were arrested.</p> <p>They had set out early this week to demand delayed financial benefits and allowances. A member of the aggrieved teachers said their payments promised since 2017 had not been honoured hence their move.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">BBC</span> Afrique quotes a leader of the teachers as saying: “We demand the release of our colleagues. Some of us have been waiting one, two, three years [for a resolution over pay] but there’s a lack of commitment from the authorities.”</p> <p>Meanwhile, reports indicate that as at today (March 1, 2018) the teachers’ union leaders boycotted a meeting with government ministers in Yaounde. They are said to have demandied for the immediate release of their colleagues.</p> <p>The deliberations which started yesterday is said to have ended in a deadlock. The teachers front seems to be divided as some are pushing for talks than protests.</p> <p>The country is embroiled in a security crisis that has affected the Anglophone regions. Pro-independence groups under the so-called Ambazonia Republic continue to attack security officials in guerilla style attacks. Over twenty security forces have so far been killed.</p> <p>The government is also holding scores of separatists elements who were deported from neighbouring Nigeria. They are yet to be presented before the courts.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">As teachers vowed to continue with their strike action infront of the Finance Ministry in Yaounde today, Security forces are stationed in some parts of town this morning.<br /> Hundreds of grumbling teachers were picked up yesterday</p>— Mimi237 (@Mimimefo237) <a href="https://twitter.com/Mimimefo237/status/968769480171184128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 28, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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