Current time and date in Yaoundé:
WEDNESDAY, February 23
A video of Cameroon’s scheduled protests today.
Paul Biya – Clear police brutality against the demonstrators on February 23, 2011 in Yaounde.
The Cameroonian people rises to say no to Paul Biya, the Cameroon president for over 28 years, but as we can see from this video, the elements of the police and the army hesitate to use force to suppress a legitimate manifestation of Cameroonians.
The march was in process and when police approached, protesters sat down on the ground in the street in a non-violent posture.
Police immediately proceeded to beat the crowd with batons and when Kah stood up to say it was not necessary since the protesters were peaceful, the police commissioner yelled out directions to have her brought to him saying he would “teach her a lesson.”
She was dragged out and made to stand on the median in the middle of the street. The police commissioner then asked the truck containing water to turn around and focus on her. With the high-powered hoses directed at her, she was hosed down brutally for minutes and when she managed to escape she was grabbed, beaten on the back of her legs and dragged to a police detention truck. She had difficulty seeing and breathing due to the chemicals in the water. When she finally gained composure she was released. Many protesters with her were savagely beaten all over their bodies including the head with batons.
MONDAY, February 21
Cameroon has a scheduled protest against the government on february 23, but there was earlier activity in Akwa Douala today. Police reportedly beat up protesters and arrested thier leader Moumbua, and 2 others. The protesters carried placards with messages that Paul Biya must give an account of the money stolen in Cameroon, and he must go.
Previous WL Central coverage on Cameroon protests.