Cameroon: 50 arrested in independence march

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Posted: Oct 01, 2011 11:14 AM
Cameroon: 50 arrested in independence march

An official and an activist say police arrested 50 protesters seeking independence for English-speaking Cameroon.

The police official says activists from the Southern Cameroons National Council demonstrated Saturday in the city of Buea. He asked for anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to journalists.

Protester Patrick Siani confirmed the demonstration and arrests.

Saturday is the 50th anniversary of British Cameroon's merger with the former French Cameroon.

The protest follows other unrest this week, ahead of Oct. 9 elections.

On Thursday, gunmen carrying signs opposing President Paul Biya blockaded a bridge and shot at police in the city of Douala.

Biya has ruled since 1982 and is widely expected to win another seven-year term in the West African nation.