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Cameroon: Maurice Kamto , the leader of opposition has been arrested

28.01.2019
Police arrested Maurice Kamto on Monday along with several other opposition figures, including one who was pulled out of his hospital bed where he was recovering from gunshot wounds sustained at a protest against the central African country’s longtime president, Paul Biya.

Kamto was arrested at a supporter’s house in the economic capital, Douala, and according to local media transferred to the judicial police station in the political capital, Yaoundé, though the prominent lawyer and activist Felix Agbor Nkongho said he had been taken to an unknown destination.

After Kamto was taken away hundreds of people surrounded the house. Police officers fired shots in the air to disperse them.

Kamto and his party, the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, claim that they won the election in October, but the official figures showed them winning only 14% of the vote, in second place to the 85-year-old Biya, who has been in power for 36 years.

Since then the opposition has organised several protests, the latest of which took place on Saturday in towns across the country, and during which 117 people were arrested. Police opened fire on protesters with live ammunition.

It should be noted that  over 100 supporters of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement have been arrested on Saturday January 26 as they went on the streets to protest against what they call “electoral hold up” as well as the government’s failure to solve the crisis in the North West and South West regions of the country.

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