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UK ‘explanatory’ meeting postponed after disruption of Belgium, SA setups

Laurent Esso, Justice minister was jeered Belgium

Cameroonian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, August 9, issued a statement, postponing a public meeting on the Anglophone protest, initially scheduled to take place at the Cameroonian high commission in London on August 13.

The note says the postponement is prompted by the fact that the Cameroonian ministerial delegation that was supposed to be in London from August 12 – 16 for the event, would only arrive after the August 14.  The High Commissioner also says the meeting will take place on a later date.

Some Cameroonian protesters in the UK have condemned the postponement, stating that “Do not believe that notice. They want to secretly hold a meeting without our people. Watch out and follow relevant tips”. Others in Belgium are urging Cameroonians living in the UK to copy the hostile attitude of separatists in Belgium and South Africa and disrupt the meeting.

Others have however condemned the acts of violence, saying that it is an indication that they are not ready for dialogue.

While media reports attempted to explain the reasons for the disruptions in Belgium, it is yet unclear, what caused the disruption (video) in South Africa.

South Africa- based Cameroonian journalist and blogger, Solomon Amabo reported that demonstrators in South Africa were heard accusing Cameroonian embassy officials of selecting people who do not represent them, for talks on the ongoing Anglophone crisis.

Reports from the South African capital, Pretoria, August 6 2017, said some demonstrators’ dressed in Southern Cameroons regalia appeared at the Cameroon High Commission, requesting to be part of the meeting.

They are said to have accused embassy officials of preparing envelops to dish out to attendees who did not represent the people. Losing patience, the commotion led to a stampede at the embassy gate, forcing it open.  The meeting which ongoing was disrupted. Embassy officials were seen by witnesses, leaving the disrupted venue.

The South African police were also called in. An embassy official who was contacted declined making any statement.  The incident in South Africa comes barely a day after a similar meeting to discuss the Southern Cameroons crisis was interrupted in Brussels, Belgium. The Minister of Justice Laurent Esso led the government delegation.


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