Thursday, April 20, 2017

After 3 months, Cameroon's President orders internet restoration in English-speaking regions

Photo credit: President Paul Biya (Twitter)
Cameroon's President Paul Biya has ordered the resumption of internet services in two English-speaking regions which were hit by anti-government protests earlier this year, BBC Afrique reports.

The internet was cut off in January in the north-western and south-western regions, following protest from the Anglophone community against alleged discrimination by Cameroon's French-speaking majority.

At the time, the government alleged that social media was being used to spread false information.

The northwest is one of two English speaking regions in the country that has seen violent demonstrations and waves of arrests in recent months related to the strike by teachers and lawyers. According to VOA, those professionals say the government is letting French sideline English in the bilingual country.

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