Atleast 100 persons arrested in several towns like Douala Baffoussam, yaounde, following a protest led by opposition leader Maurice Kamto, the man who claims he won the October 7 presidential poll in Cameroon.
A peaceful march that took place in Douala spread to other towns in Cameroon on Saturday January 26th, turned violent as police tear gas and shot protesters.
Rene Emmanuel Sadi, Cameroon’s minister of communication and government spokesperson says the economic capital Douala, the capital Yaounde, and the western town of Mbounda were the scene of protests organized by Maurice Kamto and his Cameroon Renaissance Movement party.
“The CRM intended as usual to push our compatriots at home and abroad to defy the republican order with slogans of rebellion and insurgency against legal and legitimate institutions,” he said.
“The government strongly condemns this unacceptable maneuver to destabilize Cameroon under the false pretext of an alleged electoral hold up”
According to Government spokes man Rene sadi, 62 were arrested and detained in yaounde, 42 in Baffoussam, 13 in Mbouda. Seven were arrested and taken to the Head Quarter of CRM party.
The Minister of Territorial Administration Paul Atanga Nji added that all those arrested will face the law and warned similar protests will equally be met with resistance from forces of law and order.
The MRC is planning another “big march” on February 23rd and Maurice Kamto says he will continue with the demonstrations against what he says is election fraud, as well as against the government’s failure to resolve the separatist crisis in the Northwest and Southwest regions of the country until Biya leaves office and a solution is found.