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Cameroon: Coffin-carrying anglophone protesters clash with police01:21

Cameroon: Coffin-carrying anglophone protesters clash with police

Cameroon, Bamenda
November 22, 2016 at 12:50 GMT -00:00 · Published

Clashes with police broke out as thousands of English-speaking Cameroonians brought coffins to the streets of Bamenda on Monday to protest what they see as their countrywide marginalisation by Francophones.

Protesters carried coffins and reportedly proclaimed they were ready to die if met with violence, and be buried in the caskets. There are some five million English speakers mainly living in the northwest and southwest provinces who say they are treated as second-class citizens, barred from high office jobs and the best education under French speaking President Paul Biya.

Cameroon has two official languages following the colonial rule of Britain and France. Cameroon’s main opposition party, the Social Democratic Front, is headed by Anglophone John Fru Ndi.

Cameroon: Coffin-carrying anglophone protesters clash with police01:21
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Clashes with police broke out as thousands of English-speaking Cameroonians brought coffins to the streets of Bamenda on Monday to protest what they see as their countrywide marginalisation by Francophones.

Protesters carried coffins and reportedly proclaimed they were ready to die if met with violence, and be buried in the caskets. There are some five million English speakers mainly living in the northwest and southwest provinces who say they are treated as second-class citizens, barred from high office jobs and the best education under French speaking President Paul Biya.

Cameroon has two official languages following the colonial rule of Britain and France. Cameroon’s main opposition party, the Social Democratic Front, is headed by Anglophone John Fru Ndi.

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