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22 sept. 2020 | 13h53 UTC

Cameroon: Security forces disperse anti-government demonstrators in Douala September 22 /update 1

Cameroon Alerte de sécurité

Security forces disperse anti-government demonstrators in Doula on September 22; further protests likely in medium term

TIMEFRAME expected from 22/9/2020, 12h00 until 24/9/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Douala). COUNTRY/REGION Douala

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Event

Security forces dispersed anti-government protests in Doula on Tuesday, September 22. Reports indicate that clashes broke out in the vicinity of Mabanda market, where police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters and detained over 20 people. Hundreds of demonstrators also gathered in the Ndokoti area before being dispersed by police.

Further protests, with the potential for clashes between protesters and security forces, are possible in the near term.

Context

The leader of the opposition Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC), Maurice Kamto, called for nationwide protests on September 22 to demand the resignation of President Paul Biya, who activists claim used fraud to secure a seventh term in office. A heightened security presence has been reported in major cities, including Yaoundé, in response to anticipated unrest. The Minister Defence warned that the military would be on alert to respond to protests, which have not been authorized by the government.

Advice

Those in Cameroon are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and political gatherings, and adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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