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Cameroon: At least one killed as security forces shoot at protesters

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.

At least one protester was killed and others injured during anti-government protests on Tuesday in Cameroon.

An opposition party lawyer Robert Amsterdam said in a tweet that “We are receiving reports that at least one protester has been shot and killed by police in Douala [the country’s biggest city] and many others injured and arrested.”

Security forces reportedly fired tear gas at the opposition protesters who demonstrated in Douala.

More than 30 protesters and four journalists were also arrested over the protests.

The protests organized by the opposition CRM leader Maurice Kamto saw thousands pour onto the streets of Douala, Yaounde, Bafang and Baham.

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They have vowed to sustain the demonstration until government solves the Anglophone crisis and reforms the electoral process.

Anglophones in Cameroon make up about a fifth of the country’s population of 22 million. But they complain of marginalization in the hands of the French-speaking majority.

A top official of Cameroon’s opposition CRM party has said that a number of anti-government demonstrators were targeted by security forces in Douala.

“Peaceful protesters have been shot at, arrested, brutalised and tear-gassed,” said Barrister Christopher Ndong, the first vice-president of the party.

But government spokesman Rene Emmanuel Sadi has criticised the opposition leader, for organizing the protest.

Sadi said the protests were the weapons of Kamto, whom he referred to as a politician who cannot win an election.

Mr Biya has been in power since 1982. He was re-elected in 2018 in an election that Mr Kamto claimed he won.


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