Cameroon opposition party cancels protests

Former government minister and opposition leader Maurice Kamto, center, who claims to have been cheated out of the presidency, was arrested in the economic capital Douala on Monday. (Reuters)
Updated 02 February 2019

Cameroon opposition party cancels protests

YAOUNDÉ: The main opposition Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon called off demonstrations planned in several cities on Saturday, a party leader said, following a government ban on protests.
“The MRC will not demonstrate today,” said Emmanuel Simh, one of the vice presidents of the movement led by Maurice Kamto, the runner-up in last year’s presidential election who was arrested this week.
Authorities on Thursday banned planned protests in the capital Yaounde after a series of unauthorized anti-government demonstrations and some 200 arrests.
Former government minister Kamto, who claims to have been cheated out of the presidency, was arrested in the economic capital Douala on Monday.
His lawyers have said he is under investigation for alleged insurrection
Four planned marches, scheduled for Friday and Saturday and the following week, were prohibited for public order reasons.
Opposition marches took place in several towns last weekend, against the re-election of Cameroon’s veteran leader Paul Biya.
Biya, 85, who has held power for 36 years, won a seventh consecutive term last October. Kamto came second in the election with 14 percent.


Two dead in knife attack in French church, official says terrorism suspected

Updated 7 min 16 sec ago

Two dead in knife attack in French church, official says terrorism suspected

PARIS: French police say two people have been killed and several others injured in a knife attack near a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice.
The assailant was arrested after the Thursday morning attack and taken to a nearby hospital after being injured during his arrest, a police offical said. He was believed to be acting alone, the official said. She was not authorized to be publicly named.

 

Video footage shows police entering the church in Nice where the attack is thought to have been carried out. (Twitter)

A police source told Reuters a woman was decapitated, French politician Marine Le Pen also spoke of a decapitation having occurred in the attack. However, Arab News cannot independently confirm these reports. 
The reason for the attack is unclear. It comes as France is under high alert for terrorist attacks.
The lower house of parliament suspended a debate on new virus restrictions and held a moment of silence for the victims.