Cameroon Authorities Crack Down on Opposition Members

Heavily armed police officers have dispersed a second consecutive opposition meeting set up to discuss reforms that are needed to unseat President Paul Biya who has ruled for over four decades.

Opposition leaders released a statement on April 3rd saying that they were forcefully evicted from a meeting in Yaounde on Wednesday as they were brainstorming ways to rescue the elections from Biya’s strong grip.

The opposition leaders say the crackdown is the latest setback in their attempt to pave the way for a peaceful transition of power from Africa’s second-longest-ruling president.

Prince Michael Ngwese Ekosso, president of the opposition United Socialist Democratic Party, said the leaders avoided possible brutality and assault by peacefully leaving the hall when the police ordered an immediate stop to the meeting.

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