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Tension Amid the Independence Anniversary Eve in Cameroon


7Dnews London - AFP

Sun, 30 Sep 2018 20:53 GMT

A week before the presidential election in Cameroon, the two English-speaking regions are anticipating the results eagerly while the separatists intend to "commemorate" the first anniversary of their symbolic declaration of "independence" on October 1, 2017.

As reported by AFP, Fearful of separatist violence, a 48-hour curfew has been imposed on Sunday and Monday in most cities in English-speaking areas in the southwest and northwest of the country, including an official ban on gatherings. 

A year ago, at least 40 protesters were killed in police violence, the Center for International Crisis Group said in an analysis that counted "tens of thousands of demonstrators" in the two English-speaking regions. 

Security forces cordoned off the capitals of the two districts of Buya in the Southwest and Bamenda in the Northwest, and arrested dozens of people during the violence that followed the announcement. 

Security forces asked by the Yaounde authorities to crush the "terrorists" who spread the unrest, according to President Paul Biya. Non-governmental organisations say 400 civilians have been killed during the riots. The separatists have not released any toll.