Despite a ban by the Cameroonian government, demonstrations by supporters of the opposition Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC) party are likely to take place in Yaoundé and Douala on Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9. A heightened security presence is likely and clashes between security forces and protesters are possible due to the ban on protests.
The MRC party staged nationwide demonstrations on January 26 to protest alleged election irregularities. Security forces opened fire on MRC supporters during a demonstration in Douala, wounding at least three people; police also reportedly arrested more than 100 people nationwide during the anti-government protests. Protests were reportedly held in Douala overnight (local time) on January 28-29 following the arrest of Maurice Kamto, leader of the MRC.
Kamto won 14 percent of the vote in the October 7 presidential elections, taking second place behind incumbent President Paul Biya. He subsequently rejected the election results and called for an independent vote recount. Cameroon's electoral body has denied all claims of election interference and the Constitutional Court has validated the election results.
Individuals in Cameroon, particularly in Yaoundé, are advised to closely monitor developments, avoid all demonstrations due to the risk of violence and arrest, anticipate a heightened security presence, and avoid discussing political subjects in public or on social media.
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