Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Cameroon Crisis

Over the weekend, Cameroonians occupied the embassies of their country in Berlin and Paris, to support protests back home in the capital, Yaounde, outside a police station, after at least six people – including opposition municipal council member and lawyer Michele Ndoki – were wounded and 117 people were arrested over the weekend in anti-government demonstration. 

There has not been the same level of sympathy that has been offered to the Venezuelan oppostion. No country has  made  Maurice Kamto's, leader of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC), interim president. The incumbent president Paul Biya, who has been in power for more than 36 years, won a seventh consecutive term in elections on October 7. But the poll was marred by fraud, low turnout, and violence. Biya's government has banned demonstrations and the security forces have been using force to disperse protesters. 

Meanwhile, United Nations Development & Humanitarian Coordinator Allegra Baiocchi recently said that the organization estimates that some 4.3 million Cameroonians, or one in six of the population, require lifesaving assistance.

 But where are the US and UK protests?

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