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BREAKING NEWS:Mass protest in Bamenda, Cameroon's main opposition stronghold

Thousands of citizens have taken to the streets in the opposition stronghold of Bamenda, Cameroon, shutting down all shops and demanding that their roads must be tarred, house rents must be dropped to affordable standards, and the city's development delegate must leave power.

Reports say the protest has spread to all other neighboring villages, and that even the police are unable to contain the masses.

"Ndomu Must Go," read a banner, as protesters chant while brandishing a list of grievances. "We also want President Paul Biya to go," voices could also be heard in the crowd.

"‪#‎Ndomuexit‬ ‪#‎Biyaexit‬," can also be read on some banners.

It is the largest protest the city has ever held since 1990 when the main opposition party, SDF, was launched amid a deadly standoff with the military, political analysts told me on the telephone.

According to observers, it is more likely that other cities' dwellers would take to the streets in Cameroon because the regime is currently reviewing the Cameroon penal code that will criminalize citizens for not paying rents, committing adultery, criticizing bad governance on the social media, among others.

Also, MPs of the ruling CPDM party headed by President Paul Biya, are seeking to alter the next poll for 2018, and bring it to 2017 instead, opposition MPs and local media reports confirm. It will give their leader, Biya, an upper advantage against the rest, they say.

Biya, 83, has been in power since 1982. In 2008, he erased constitutional term limits that would make him president for life. Youths unemployment and underemployment nearly hit the 80 percent mark.


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