Cameroon’s Opposition Leader Arrested After One Dies In Protest

Maurice Kamto, the leader of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM), has been confined at his home by authorities following anti-government protests in which one person died on Tuesday.

Kamto planned the Tuesday’s anti-government protests. He had called the protests to demand an end to the Anglophone crisis and a reform of the electoral code.

A video showing police vehicles outside the leader’s house has been shared online.

Kamto said that he was neither beaten nor detained, but feared that he would be arrested if he stepped out of his guarded house.

Demonstrators were dispersed by police in major towns and CRM’s lawyer, Robert Amsterdam, says one person was killed and several injured.

Mr Kamto on Wednesday tweeted wishes of speedy recovery to those injured and termed Tuesday’s protests as “a resounding success”.

He said the protests were a powerful force and that they will continue until President Paul Biya resigns.

Amsterdam tweeted a video of a protester lying motionless.

He wrote: “We are receiving reports that at least one protester has been shot and killed by police in Douala [the country’s biggest city] and many others injured and arrested.”

The government had warned of a firm response to Tuesday’s protests called by opposition leader Maurice Kamto.

The demonstrators were calling for an end to the Anglophone crisis and a reform of the electoral code.

Mr Kamto has suggested if the two issues are not addressed, the protests will continue until President Paul Biya is forced from power.

Mr Biya has been in power since 1982. He was re-elected in 2018 in an election that Mr Kamto claimed he won.

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