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Vol 58 No 11

Published 26th May 2017


The Anglophone spring

Discrimination against English-speakers is rooted in a risky regime complacency about their grievances

Headed by an Anglophone former Prime Minister, Peter Mafany Musonge, the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, which President Paul Biya ordered in January is beginning work. It is likely neither to assuage the bitterness of English-speakers angry at five months of recent repression nor to promote reconciliation. Biya's government shut down the internet for five months and carried out a wave of arrests of protestors from every walk of life in the two Anglophone regions, North-West and South-West. Many of the people arrested during this period, which even swept up bishops, are now coming to trial. An uneasy calm reigns, now that lawyers and teachers have decided to end their six month-long strikes.

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