A dozen of protesters were arrested on Sunday October 28 in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde by security forces for staging a protest at the Metropolitan Archdiocese, sources have confirmed.
The protesters, who brandished placards denouncing what they called an electoral hold up by Paul Biya who was declared winner of the October 7 Presidential election with 71.28 percent of the votes, were rounded off by security forces and ferried away.
Another activist, Grace Baleba, a member of the Cameroon Peoples Party and the Stsnd Up for Cameroon Movement was reportedly arrested and detained on Sunday evening after visiting the other protesters, sources confirmed.
The Archbishop of Yaounde Mgr Jean Mbarga has since frowned at the protests infront of the Cathedral describing it as a profanation of the church.
Sunday’s arrests come after another protest on Saturday in Douala, the nation’s economic capital where over 40 persons were arrested before later being released.
The Vice President of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, Barrister Emmanuel Simh said the 16 protesters arrested in Yaounde were still detained at the Judicial Police while two of the protesters released on Monday had sustained severe injuries and are expected to undergo surgery.
Supporters of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement,whose candidate Maurice Kamto finished second with 14 percent at the Presidential election have since rejectted the results describing it as an electoral hold up and have promised to hold a series of demonstrations leading to Paul Biya’s innauguration.
The goernment of Cameroon has vowed to crack down on any protester who takes to the streets, calling on all citizens to repect the law.