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The internet shutdown in English-speaking parts of Cameroon is finally over

After a 93-day blackout, internet service has been restored to English-speaking regions in Cameroon.

President Paul Biya ordered the restoration of internet services in the northwest and southwest regions of the country today (April 20), BBC reports. Internet services had been cut off in both regions in January after protests against political and economic discrimination by the country’s French-dominated government. The government achieved the shutdown by pressuring mobile operators and did not give any prior notice before cutting off the internet services.

A bilingual country in theory, Cameroon’s government and institutions are dominated by the French-speaking majority. Anglophone regions account for slightly less than 20% of Cameroon’s 23 million population. The internet shutdown was viewed as a tactic to prevent more protests by cutting off communication through social media messaging apps, which had proven vital to planning protests.

After a 93-day blackout, internet service has been restored to English-speaking regions in Cameroon.

President Paul Biya ordered the restoration of internet services in the northwest and southwest regions of the country today (April 20), BBC reports. Internet services had been cut off in both regions in January after protests against political and economic discrimination by the country’s French-dominated government. The government achieved the shutdown by pressuring mobile operators and did not give any prior notice before cutting off the internet services.

A bilingual country in theory, Cameroon’s government and institutions are dominated by the French-speaking majority. Anglophone regions account for slightly less than 20% of Cameroon’s 23 million population. The internet shutdown was viewed as a tactic to prevent more protests by cutting off communication through social media messaging apps, which had proven vital to planning protests.

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20 comments

  1. MAN MOST WACK Reserved

    Its about time sensationalist LRC do what needs to be don. One condition down, next release all SC persons kidnap from SC and pay reparation for all the wrongs done to SC, then we can site down and discourse our relation.

  2. Good to know that by presidential fiat the country is once again “one and indivisible”. Praises can begin to flow like the mighty Sananga as sycophants outdo each other to earn daily bread.

    And so the national boundary is pushed back, far back to distant Bakasi for purposes of tax collection. The Internet crisis brought to light the nation’s first frontier situated at the Mungo River for purposes of infrastructural development. And so it is.

    • Mr President Qatar

      Ni John Dinga, You have spoken. I like what you just said above.

      The struggle continues.

      May be an internet commission will be created!! hhaha

  3. So what did the gov’ t achieve from the 90-day shutdown? Nothing. If anything, it only emboldened the people’s resolve for separation. So shameful…….

    • The situation is under control that’s why

      • Mr. Mbappe, what is under control.

      • According to you and Co., there wasn’t any situation in the first place. So what is now under control? Biya’s BP or noctonal micturition frequency?

      • @ Mbappe, let us not fool ourselves. You can play ostrich and pretend that “situation under control”. No condition is permanent.The Biya regime has to also release all abductees, all dead bodies of children to parents and pay restitution to families that lost loved ones. Remember the girls picked up by BIR in the back of a dirty truck or the men from Wum. Where are they now? Anglophones have long memories and are now hell-bent to obtain separation from a LRC under France.

  4. Old retarded people running a country as if its a smal privately ownedl banana plantation.
    Doing anything and at anytime to anybody. Taking a people hundreds years behing contemporary thinking.
    It is a strong government . nobody can temper with it ,reasons???. We all know now that it is a strong government with strong men .What achievements ? Peace , unity, Prosperity.??? Congratulations .For how long?? what next??

  5. Chop Fire Anglo

    The stooges around Popol are now more confused than the word confusion itself. They were suppose to reinitiate dialogue with all stake holders – Lawyers, teachers, parents, students and the church. They got leaders of some of these groups and incarcerated. The clergies too were sued by their proxies who tagged themselves Consortium of parents. By the way how can the coming together of two individuals to lay charges against the church be labelled “Consortium”? Do they really understand the meaning of this terminology?

  6. What a shame. What next for those who warship Mr Paul ?

  7. People we have information that the Chinese company that managed the blackout got frustrated with Biya’s government because their bills were not being paid! They threatened to back out and the corrupt group of gangsters had no other options but to restore internet. This was not Biya’s original plan because he wanted to try and quickly lock up all political prisoners without images being see abroad! So their plans are falling apart and during Biya’s travels abroad he was warned by world leaders that he should not stand in 2018. He is slowly being abandoned!

  8. LRC is Sick. Any gov that touches internet is going to fail. Ambaso is winning let w Kamerun squeeze yde. No to decentr., No to do,no to s do, govnrs appointed. Restoration of our own

  9. Sadi, Likang Chiroma, Bi mvondo,Julious achu, Atanga Ji,Ekema, Dos SDOs governors Gov delegts in S kameron. the people will not like to see yu heare. We will have to have a contri called our own, with elected officials , thats is democracy

  10. What a shame to LRP,let them try again to rape n beat unarmed individuals lets see if the images n videos wont go out again .this time they will spread like wild fire

  11. Who is Biya Paul? anuofia…the struggle continues….

  12. pressure from the international communities including UN, and other developed countries forced this retarded dictator to install the internet, LRC illiterate technology advisers made the biggest error to shut down the internet which is an international human violation, it has shamed the regime worldwide,back fired in the 93 days of shut down as, information and photos of their brutalities still got on social media on a daily basis, the dictator cannot even operate a computer, his genocide, oppressive brutal regime and clowns have been exposed to the world

  13. The 93 days has done what all the Opposition parties in Cameroon could not do in many years and that is effectively exposed this satanic regime. It has made Anlophones more resolute and they now have to find alternatives to Internet in the even it is ever used again as a weapon of economic Mass Destruction. It has totally made the regime look bad and even the Pope told Biya to cut it short and run. Total human right violation and Cameroon could still be punished by the international providers of internet. The worse is yet to come to Biya.

  14. The die has been cast; blood has been spilt; the center can no longer hold. The Anglophones must have nothing to do with the Biya regime and the Francophones.

    The minister of territorial administration, the minister of post and telecommunication, and the heads of the army (BIR) and police should be taken to the international criminal court (ICC) to account for the unlawful deaths, torture and imprisonment.

    The telephone companies, MTN and Orange, must pay a big price for what they did. They never cared about the Anglophones and so why should we patronize (i.e. buy from) them?

  15. 20% of 23 million is approximately four million six hundred thousand(4,600,000).And if you are using the word slightly less than 20% of 23 million it imply they can be 4 million.Let me inform you Mr.journalist, Southern Cameroon is closed to 8 million which may be more than 30%.