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Thousands Defy Police in Cameroon, Demanding Kamto’s Release

YAOUNDE VOA | At least 73 people have been arrested in demonstrations in Cameroon as thousands of supporters of Maurice Kamto, the man who says he won the October 7 presidential election, have defied a heavy police presence and are staging protests in several towns of the central African state. They are seeking the immediate release of their party leader, among other things, and scores of his supporters have been jailed since January.

During a protest on Saturday in Yaounde, businessman Moustapha Ali, 27, said he will continue protesting until they find justice, which he said is being denied to them by Cameroon President Paul Biya, his government and the institutions he has created.

He said no one will stop them from pressing for freedom for Kamto and those supporters arrested at the beginning of the year. He said even though Kamto has not been inaugurated, he nonetheless is legitimately the president of Cameroon.

At least a dozen people, including Kamto’s first vice president, Mamadou Mota of the MRC party, have been arrested and detained in Yaounde and Douala.

The strong police presence and their anti-riot equipment did not deter demonstrators in several towns, including Douala, Banjoun, Bafoussam and Bouda. Cameroon had banned protests in most of its cities, saying it was a threat to peace.

Lejeune Mbella Mbella, Cameroon’s minister of External Relations, warned last week during a meeting with diplomats, United Nations staff and international NGO’s that the planned protests would not be tolerated.

Mbella Mbella said any political action or initiative that questions the legitimacy and legality of Paul Biya as president of Cameroon is tantamount to undermining Cameroon state sovereignty and is intended to disrupt public peace. He says the country’s constitutional council examined and threw out as baseless all petitions filed by those who contested the election and Cameroon’s institutions.

Fidel Djoumessi, an official of Kamto’s MRC party, said the protests will continue until Kamto and his supporters are freed, the government opens up dialogue to resolve the crisis that has claimed close to 2,000 lives, and investigations are opened into why the Confederation of African Football seized hosting rights of the 2019 Africa Football Cup of Nations from Cameroon.

He said it is a scandal the government of Cameroon would decide to prohibit peaceful protests, which are a constitutional right. He said he does not understand why simple demonstrations to ask for electoral reforms and talks to return to the restive English-speaking regions should be described by the government as a threat to national security.

Police arrested Kamto, nine of his party officials and close to 200 of their supporters last January after days of peaceful protests in cities, including the political capital Yaounde and the economic capital Douala.

Similar protests took place in various Cameroon embassies around the world, including Paris and Berlin, where the pictures of president Biya were shattered.

Kamto and his colleagues were accused of inciting the protesters and now are facing eight charges, including treason, inciting violence, and disruption of public peace.

Rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have been calling on Cameroon to release all peaceful protesters, including Kamto.

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15 comments

  1. May 20 speech????

    • Loin of the desert.

      Good question???? where is the recycle 20 May speech 2019. or Admin are you tired of reposting the same speech year in year out.

  2. making strategic thinking the foundation of our future education system is a necessity.it enable people see things ahead of time.with knowledge of what will happen in future,decesions are taken intelligently to avoid tragedies.
    for example if those who took the decesion to respond to police violence three years ago by taking arms though strategically about the consequences of such a decesion.or what the governments reaction will be.they might have acted differently.the same for mcr president who authorised a mass protest three months after election results were proclaimed.

    • All what you are saying cannot work in Cameroon..
      What we need is good governance.
      Good Governance is an approach to government that is committed to creating a system founded in justice and peace that protects individual’s human rights and civil liberties. … Participation requires that all groups, particularly those most vulnerable, have direct or representative access to the systems of government
      When an old despot on diapers feels he is a king, he is above the law, he is the state, and organize fake elections where his people are given bread and sardine to vote for him, what do you expect..When smart intellectuals like Kamto are in jail for winning elections.
      This nation needs to be cleaned from the devils that have hijacked the system.
      We need to preach equal rights and justice to all

  3. The National Interest

    Tsuiiiiiiipppppp!!!!!

  4. “INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE” M L KING, Jr. Cameroon will never leave to its great potential as long as it practices selective justice. Even the police are beginning to see the evil the Biya regime stands for. With the destruction of his “cash cow” (SONARA) it is only a matter time for these same police and soldiers to go without a pay check like the rest of the population. Camair air lost CFA 34 billion, and bankrupt, CDC 12,000 jobs lost, Incomplete AFCON projects. Rising debt with nothing to show for. Sudan all the way baby !; hopefully before Christmas! Good riddance.

  5. Dixit popol:
    Tant que Yaoundé respire le Cameroun va bien….

  6. May force and wisdom always guide the people of Southern Cameroons (AMBAZONIA). Freedom is a human right.Together we stand to win, separated, we may easily lose. We shall prevail against all odds.

    Bravo to all la ripoublique agents who comment all over the internet. You are enriching our content for the argument against you froggies when the time comes. Thank you for helping the people of Ambazonia in distilling all the insults you can. C’est vraiment génial. Vous nous fournissez des arguments solides qui vont nous permettre d’exposer aux yeux du monde entier le relationnel de façade qui existerait() dans la ripoublique francophone du Cameroun. Merci pour vos contributions. Ambaland shall be free against all odds.

  7. May force and wisdom always guide the people of Southern Cameroons (AMBAZONIA). Freedom is a human right.Together we stand to win, separated, we may easily lose. We shall prevail against all odds. Bravo to all la ripoublique agents who comment all over the internet. You are enriching our content for the argument against you froggies when the time comes. Thank you for helping the people of Ambazonia in distilling all the insults you can. C’est vraiment génial. Vous nous fournissez des arguments solides qui vont nous permettre d’exposer aux yeux du monde entier le relationnel de façade qui existerait() dans la ripoublique francophone du Cameroun. Merci pour vos contributions. 98% na FRENCH, No UNION.

  8. If it were in Southern Cameroon, many would have been shot dead!

  9. Apres qu’on les a pulvérisé avec quelques goutes d’eau à Douala ils ont commencé à pleurnicher… Hihihi….
    Vraiment des bons à rien, ces hommes Cameroonais.
    Surtout ces soit disant ” Francophones” ..des vrais lâches! A part le boucan, rien de bon.
    Comment un veillard de 90 ans peut vous dépasser?
    La honte!
    Quand on dit qu’on marche, on va jusqu’au bout.
    On ne pleure pas parceque la police vous pulvérise avec de l’eau!
    Les hommes ” Anglophones” à l’exeption de @John Dinga, ont au moins des couilles ! Ils se lèvent comme des vrais hommes . Tout ce qui leur manque C’est un peu d’intelligence et de vrais leaders qui savent s’organiser. Pas ces gangsters de la diaspora.

    Kamto, ancien Biyaist, tu ne seras jamais Président de la République du Cameroun!
    On doit te libérer néanmoins.

  10. That the constitutional council examined and threw out all petitions filed by contested
    parties in the elections, simply shows that something is terribly wrong. How can all
    parties complain, and it is wrong?
    To rescue and free Cameroon, Biya must go and his cpdm party, must be banned.
    The dumb army, will need to be seriously scrutinized and purged of bad elements and
    told the role of the military, in a democracy. Regretably, citizens allowed themselves
    to be fooled for too long and now, we are paying the price. Too bad people.

  11. A rich country with the poorest people…
    How is this possible?..
    Come and see wonders in Cameroon….

  12. Utiliser de l’eau pour pulveriser le peuple c’est facile, mais, pour éteindre le feu c’est difficile.

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