About 100 alleged secessionists in Kumba, a major town in English-speaking southeastern Cameroon have been detained by police since Friday, Radio France Internationale reported on Tuesday. RFI quoted sources in the area as saying that the arrests were aimed at "sabotaging" an action plan conceived by the Southern Cameroon National Conference (SCNC).
They said the secessionist movement planned to occupy all the command posts in English-speaking Cameroon and organise a series of demonstrations in Buea, Limbe and Kumba, the main towns there. The police, gendamerie and army are reportedly on the alert, and have erected checkpoints on the main highways of the region, RFI said.
However, government officials denied the reports, saying that no
activities by either the SCNC or a Kumba-based secessionist movement had been reported.
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