Political opposition party Cameroon Renaissance Movement plans to carry out nationwide protests on Saturday, April 13, to call for the release of their leader, Maurice Kamto, as well as other supporters of the party who have been detained since January 28. The party also plans to denounce what it describes as the selective modification of the electoral code. Protests are scheduled to take place across Cameroon from 10:00 to 18:00 (local time).
An increased security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be anticipated around demonstration sites. Heightened political tensions are to be expected over the coming weeks.
Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto faces eight charges including sedition, insurrection, inciting violence, and hostility against the homeland. He has asked to be tried in open court. If he is found guilty, he could face a sentence of five years to life in prison.
Cameroon held presidential elections in October 2018. Kamto, who came in second in the voting, claims that the elections were fraudulent.
Individuals in Cameroon are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests or large gatherings due to the risk of associated violence, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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