As the highest U.S. diplomat for Africa visits Cameroon, pro-government teams are protesting what they name Tibor Nagy’s interference in Cameroon’s inside affairs.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Nagy and the European Union consultant Federica Mogherini not too long ago referred to as on Cameroon to free opposition chief Maurice Kamto and 150 of his supporters.
In addition they urged Cameroon authorities to work tougher to cease the violence in its western, anglophone separatist areas.
The coordinator for Monday’s protest, Lilian Koulou Engoulou, mentioned the demonstrators need Nagy to listen to them and take their message again to Washington.
America ought to cease interfering in Cameroon’s inside points, Engoulou mentioned, and will assist finish the disaster within the English-speaking northwest and southwest areas by stopping Cameroonians primarily based within the U.S. from funding what he calls terrorists and destabilizing Cameroon.
The final remark refers to separatist leaders primarily based within the U.S. who’ve appealed on social media for contributions to assist the fighters again dwelling.
Communications Minister Rene Emmanuel Sadi, who has beforehand accused the U.S. of harboring separatist leaders, mentioned final week that Cameroon was outraged by Nagy’s statements.
Aime Manga of Cameroon Rights Watch, an area group, mentioned officers ought to take Nagy’s feedback as useful ideas reasonably than criticism.
It’s public information that Cameroon has a critical political and social disaster, he mentioned, and Nagy’s feedback carry hope to many who need democracy.
Cameroon has detained Kamto and his supporters since January for participating in anti-government demonstrations. They’re being tried in navy courts for prices that embrace revolt and will face the dying penalty.
In feedback made days earlier than his arrival Sunday in Yaounde, Nagy mentioned it is not all the time optimistic to arrest opposition members throughout instances of disaster.
He additionally referred to as the dying and struggling in Cameroon’s revolt heartbreaking and urged authorities to do extra to finish the preventing.