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Biya orders the release of MRC militants

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Inacrcerated MRC millitants

“I have ordered the discontinuance of proceedings pending before Military Tribunals against some officials and militants of political parties in particular the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM).”

In a single tweet Friday October 4th 2019, President Paul Biya ordered the discontinuance of proceedings against militants of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC) at some military tribunals across the country

The order comes barely two days after similar move, ordering the release of 333 persons connected with the Anglophone crisis. Both moves have been welcome at home and abroad.

The Presidential pardons are part of concessions by government as they continue to find lasting solutions to the Anglophone crisis and political turmoil rocking the country.

Supporters of the MRC party and their leader Maurice Kamto were rounded up earlier this year during a series of protest against the final outcome of the 2018 presidential result.

Professor Maurice kamto, a one-time minister and lawyer for the government who came distant second  had declared himself winner of the election, refused to accept the verdict of the country’s constitutional council which declared the incumbent winner with about 76% of the results,

He launched a series of nationwide protest at home and in some embassies abroad earlier this year after failing to convince the courts in post electoral litigations which drowned he entire nation as it was broadcast live on national TV.

The height of the protest came on January 27th when a group of persons stormed the country’s embassy in France, destroying valuable assets and causing a major embarrassment for the government

ramshackle Cameroon embassy office in paris during January 27th protest by some Cameroonians abarod

ramshackle Cameroon embassy office in paris duringJanuary 27th protest by some Cameroonians abarod

In a hastily organized press conference, the minister of territorial administration Paul Atanga Nji said “break time was over”, essentially declaring the attack on the embassy as red line. Days later, Maurice kamto and his close aides were whisked from Douala to Yaoundé for trail

It is not yet clear of he will be released in along with his militants

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French embassy protest: Paris strikes back, raid home of Cameroon minister

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Reports from French capital says French police have reportedly raided the home of labour minister and CPDM bigwig Gregoire Owona

It is not yet clear why the minister’s home was raided by law enforcement officers in Europe but the incident happened today February 24th 2020.

The incident is happening same day as Cameroonians in the nation’s capital demonstrated infront of French embassy, condemning President Macron for interfering in Cameroon internal affairs

The protesters carried banners with messages which accused France of supporting terrorism in Cameroon among other things

It is however not clear if the raid is related to the Yaounde protest

On Saturday February 22nd 2020, BAS activists Calibi Calibri confronted French President Macron during an international Agricultural show in France

He asked the President if he was aware of the “genocide” ongoing in Anglophone Cameroon and the silencing of dissenting voices in the country.

The French President said he was aware of the Anglophone crisis, promised to call Biya about the killings and adds that he was the one who pressured Biya to release opposition leader Kamto

His reaction was not well received by regime supporters who say Cameroon is an independent state and doesn’t take orders from Paris

France is the former colony of East Cameroon- the 8 French speaking regions of the country and the European nation continues to play a very heavy hand in the political affairs of all its former colonies in Africa including Cameroon

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Protesters storm the French embassy in Yaounde

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At the French embassy in Yaounde now, scores of cameroonians are currently staging a protest over the “insulting and unacceptable outing” of President Emmanuel Macron’s on Biya of Cameroon in Paris last Saturday.

The action comes following President Macron’s impromptu exchange with Calibri over the weekend in which he spoke on Cameroon and president Paul Biya.

The protest has reportedly been organised by supporters of the Yaounde government.

In a country where any form of protest against the regime is met by crackdown on the basis that they did not receive permit, many are asking if these protesters are permitted to take to the streets

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Biya supporters roast Macron on social media for belittling the strong man at Etoudi

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In a series of Facebook posts, supporters of president Biya have accused France of colonial mentality and says Macron is frustrated because Biya did not renew the colonial agreement which was reaping the country’s economy

They also pointed to France’s long history of supporter wars and coups in Africa especially Ivory Coast, Central Africa Republique

“Macron May be a fool to think he can ordered Biya around” one social media user wrote

The backlash comes after a video of Macron telling an activist that he will call Biya about killings in Anglophone regions.

The French President also boasted that he ordered Biya to free Kamto and took names of political prisoners which he promised to give Biya a call for their immediate release.

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