Bor­der to close

Otago Daily Times - - Weekend World -

The Gov­ern­ment of one of Cameroon’s An­glo­phone re­gions or­dered its bor­der with Nige­ria closed this week­end in re­sponse to calls by ac­tivists for protests to de­mand more rights for the coun­try’s English­speaking mi­nor­ity.

The move yes­ter­day rep­re­sents an es­ca­la­tion in a crack­down on months of protest spurred by com­plaints about po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic dis­crim­i­na­tion in the An­glo­phone re­gions of the pre­dom­i­nantly Fran­co­phone coun­try.

The An­glo­phone re­gions have strong ties to east­ern Nige­ria, and au­thor­i­ties may fear that al­low­ing the bor­der to re­main open dur­ing protests of­fers the de­mon­stra­tors a rear base and makes it harder to main­tain or­der.

An­glo­phone ac­tivists have called for re­newed protest to­mor­row af­ter thou­sands took to the streets last week, with some hoist­ing sep­a­ratist flags. — Reuters

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