Gabon Post-Election violence: More than 1,000 arrested after disputed election

Security forces in Gabon have arrested over 1,000 people during a second day of violence following disputed presidential elections.

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Three people were killed in clashes in the capital, Libreville.

Protests began after the announcement that President Ali Bongo had been narrowly re-elected in Wednesday’s vote.

Opposition leader Jean Ping, who is in hiding, told the BBC that his party headquarters had been bombed.

The UN, US and former colonial power France have called for restraint and greater transparency about the results.

Culled from the BBC

Lawyers Brawl With Police, Prison Guards At SW Magistrate Court

 

At the Southwest Magistrate court, some lawyers, policemen and prison guards clashed when lawyers started taking photographs of the chained activists as they trailed into the court room and sat down.Southern Cameroon Activist Marching From the Court To The State Counsel

Noticing the kind of “heroic attention” being received by the handcuffed activist, the police men and warders quickly retaliated as they exchanged harsh words with lawyers who were photographing the activists. A group of lawyers, quickly responded to police men, informing them that an order that can prevent people from taking photographs in court can only come from the judge when the court is in session, and not from guards, whose job, they say is to bring the accused before the court.

A wardress took the issue to another level when she stood in the way of a lawyer who was about to go out of the court room. The lawyer forced his way out as he pushed the lady aside with all his might. The intention or reason behind the wardress action was not known. As he finally made his way out of court, he turned to the lady and said, “Police of La Republique…….” and ended with the suspended statement but the look on his face finished the statement as he looked furious. The lawyer explained that he got annoyed because the lady spoke rudely to him in French.

Bystanders, who took sides with the lawyers, jeered at the warders and policemen. An onlooker shouted to the policemen, “This is an Anglophone court ehh…speak English”. But the message was far from reaching its intended receivers as they fumed in French. One lady who came all the way from Akwaya averred “If I be still get age I for go law school came show this people them something”.

The issue only came to an end when the presiding judge, Justice Beatrice Ntuba Bea, came in at the beginning of the court session and ordered that no one should take pictures or videos and that anyone who is caught photographing will forfeit his device.

After the very short court session, all smart phones were once more unleashed as lawyers, Southern Cameroon activists and everyone wanted to document each stage of the demonstration at court as Southern Cameroon activists prophesied doom to La Republique and branded placards with messages like “Southern Cameroonians are not Cameroonian.” “La Republique Du Cameroon occupation of Ambazonia is an illegality and threat to peace in the West and Central African Sub region”. “Get ready to take hostage all Southern Cameroonians (Ambazonians)” amongst other hundreds of messages on placards as well as others written on T-shirts carrying the Map of Southern Cameroons.

Anglophone Problem: 2 Million Signatures Needed To Grant Anglophones Independence From La Republic

The on-going struggle by SCNC activists coupled with the incarceration of 14 people duped SCNC activist, accused of holding an un-authorised meeting in a restaurant has led to leaders of the movement going to the UN to plead for Independence.

According to Mola Njo Litumbe, their journey to the UN is yielding fruits as they have been asked to provide ‘just’ 2 million signatures of Southern Cameroonians in support of the independence from La Republic, for the UN to dance to the music.

Mola Njohh recounted that when he went UN and narrated the issue at the UN as he has often done, he was asked whether it is because he has not been made a minister that he is complaining. “Everyone else in Cameroon is happy, we have no news” Mola Njoh said he was told.  “Do you want us to start killing ourselves before you come? I asked them Mola said. “That’s how the idea of a signature referendum came about.”

Mola said he was asked to provide just two million signatures of Southern Cameroonians and the rest will be done. “Locally we have started”. Mola said. “You don’t need to march or hold a meeting and be arrested. The pen is mightier than the sword. I wouldn’t tolerate you going to the bush to fight.” He averred.

At Buea court, after sitting through the court session on Thursday August 25, Mola Njoh said La Republic has tended to divide the people of Southern Cameroon’s in order to rule them. He showed pressmen the sheets on which signatures are to be collected as well as those already signed by die heart Ambazonians.

To Mola Njoh, He is part of the accused.  “I am part of those accused because I believe in the same principles as they do”. To him, the relationship between the two Cameroons is illegal because they has never been a legal union between the duo. “I have been saying all along that we never really joined La Republic….they just came to colonize us the night the British Army left at midnight on 30th of September 1961 and disregarded the fact that the UN had on 21st of April passed a resolution granting Southern Cameroon independence as from 1st of October 1961….and they added by joining”. Mola averred.

Zimbabweans stage a national protest against the government

Closed shops, banks and deserted streets were the scenes of Harare on Wednesday as Zimbabweans staged a national protest against the government.

Zimbabwe shortdown

Citizens in Zimbabwe largely stayed within their homes in a national “stay-away” day known as Shutdown Zimbabwe 2016.

Activists hoping to force the government to address the nation’s economic meltdown, called for citizens to stay away from work.

The Zimbabwe shutdown comes as teachers, doctors and nurses strike to protest their unpaid June salaries.

Zimbabwe’s economy collapsed in February 2009 and the currency became virtually worthless. Following collapse, the country adopted a multicurrency system which is dominated by the U.S. dollar.

Empty streets created a sense of unease On Wednesday as people stayed home because they feared that they might find it difficult walking back or get stranded t given that on Monday it turned violent.

Zimbabwe police revealed that about 50 people had been arrested in connection with the protests Wednesday.

There were reports of sporadic violence, with teargas and some looting in Harare on Monday. On Friday, a warehouse was burned down on Zimbabwe’s border with South Africa in protest of recent import restrictions on basic goods. Zimbabwe has once been a breadbasket of southern Africa, but now depends mainly on imports.

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