Restraint urged following fatal Cameroon protests

From ROSY SADOU in Yaoundé, Cameroon
YAOUNDE, (CAJ News) – CAMEROON and aggrieved English-speaking communities have been urged to embrace dialogue in the wake of the killing of some protesters.
They are demonstrating alleged ill-treatment and abuse by government.
Soldiers have killed at least seven demonstrators during protest action that escalated on Sunday after months of tensions. Scores more were injured.
Protesters in the English-speaking Buea and Bamenda alleged ill-treatment and marginalisation by the mainly Francophone administration of President  Paul Biya.
Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretary General, called for peace,unity and non-violence, following the skirmishes the Southwest and Northwest regions of the country.
“I appeal to the government and the people of the two Anglophone regions to engage in genuine dialogue, and to put the interest of the nation above all others,” she urged.
Scotland called upon all concerned stakeholders to exercise responsibility and restraint and use peaceful as well as constructive means to de-escalate the situation.
The Central African country has suffered from a series of protests from the English-speaking regions since November 2016.
An unspecified number of people have been killed and hundreds jailed as a result of the protests.
French-speaking regions account for 80 percent of the 23-million population.
They dominate government, education, and legal systems.
Despite English and French equal under the constitution, official documents are in French.
Biya, in power since 1982, has been accused of intolerance. He rarely addresses the nation in English.
CAJ News

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