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Cameroon Separatist Leader, 50 Others Arrested

An English-speaking separatist leader in Cameroon said he and more than 50 activists had been taken in for questioning on Saturday in the largely French-speaking central African country. Nfor Ngala Nfor, of the Southern Cameroons National Council, told Reuters by mobile phone from detention that the arrests at the southwestern town of Muyuka came as the group was starting a campaign to boycott voter registration. Despite the division between anglophones and francophones, a Muslim-Christian split and Cameroon’s dozens of tribes, it has traditionally been one of the more stable and prosperous countries in the troubled region. Local authorities declined comment on any arrests and said the media was blowing the issue out of proportion. Despite occasional bouts of arrests, the separatists, who want independence for Cameroon’s Southwest and Northwest provinces, have been broadly tolerated for nearly a decade. They have never advocated armed revolt. Full Story

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