Cameroon Police Arrest 38 Opposition Protesters
Police in Cameroon have arrested 38 supporters of opposition leader Maurice Kamto at a rally protesting the result of last month’s presidential election. Official results of the October 7 ballot declared incumbent President Paul Biya, the winner with 71 per cent of the vote, while Kamto was a distant second with 14 per cent.
However, Kamto, candidate for the Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC), rejected the result, claiming widespread fraud. He has since been declared an “outlaw” by the government. Kamto’s supporters plan several more demonstrations in Cameroon and overseas on Tuesday. Voting in the presidential election was disrupted in Francophone Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions, where a separatist movement has sparked a brutal crackdown.