A group of persons on Sunday morning staged a protest in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde to denonce what they call an electoral hold up leading to the innauguration of Paul Biya as President of Cameroon for another seven-year mandate.
Dozens of persons held pacards infront of the Yaounde Metropolitan Cathedral denouncing what they term rigging at the October 7 Presidential election that saw Paul Biya re-elected with 71.28 percent of the votes.
Sunday’s protests followed up from Saturday in Douala where 42 persons were arrested for staging a peaceful demonstration against the electoral process.
Amongst the persons arrested was lawyer Barrister Michele Ndoki whose picture emerged online as she was pulled out of a gutter by security forces.
A journalist covering the Douala protests Mathias Ngamo Mouende was equally arrested amongst the protesters and taken to the judicial police in Bonanjo for “questioning”.
“This is an attempt by the regime to silence the press but we will not back down. We call for the unconditional release of Mathias,” the Cameroon Journalists’ traade union said in a statement.
“Police assured us no one is hurt and after taking statements they will be released,” civil society activist Edith Kah Walla said before their release.
They were only released after pressure from civil society actors who pressed for an unconditional release before they could leave the police premises where they had all camped.
Saturday’s protests fall in line witha series of nationwide demonstrations called for by opposition party the Cameroon Renaissance Movement-whose candidate Maurice Kamto finished as runner up at the October 7 Presidential election- ahead of the innauguration of Paul Biya.
However, the Government of Cameroon has warned any dissent will be met with a severe crackdon by security forces.
“All those who will attempt to violate the laws of the republic, will answer before the court, and be rigorously treated by the same laws,” Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration Paul Atanga Nji warned.