Several killed after security forces open fire during Cameroon protests

Several people have been shot dead by security forces during protests in Cameroon, Amnesty International said.

The group said some demonstrations had turned violent in Cameroon's English-speaking regions on Sunday as people gathered on the 56th anniversary of the incorporation of those areas.

Amnesty also expressed worry over the government's "ongoing campaign to silence any form of dissent in the West and South-West regions of Cameroon".

On Friday, the north-west province banned meetings and travel for 72 hours.

The rights group called on security forces to cease unnecessary violence and urged protesters to be peaceful.

Cameroon has areas which were colonies of France and Britain until the early 1960s.

The West African country's English-speaking population started protests last year against alleged discrimination by the majority French-speaking population.

More in this Section

Your daily hot cuppa may hold another surprising health benefit

Distant solar system matches ours after 8th planet spotted

Theresa May vows to press on with brexit after humiliating Commons defeat

Trump: We are cutting red tape to defend democracy


Wishlist: Must-have Christmas gifts and the joy of Ikea

Timing is everything as The Frank and Walters revisit 'Grand Parade'

A question of taste: Eileen O'Shea

Eoghan O'Sullivan's picks his highlights of 2017

More From The Irish Examiner