- Category: Broadcast News
- Published on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 14:13
Hundreds of youths on Monday quietly marched to the Cameroonian Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications to ask the government to reinstate internet connection in the English-speaking regions.
Deutsche Welle explains that Tensions between President Paul Biya’s government and the English-speaking minority in the regions erupted last November when a group of lawyers and teachers demanded reforms. The protests quickly attracted other activists who have long complained of marginalization and discrimination with some calling for the creation of a separate state. In January, protests in the English-speaking regions brought several cities to a standstill. Biya’s regime responded to the demonstrations by deploying security forces, arresting some opposition leaders and shutting down the internet. Meanwhile French NGO, Internet sans Frontieres estimates that Cameroon’s economy has lost nearly €3-million as a result of the internet blackout.