The Cameroonian government has ordered that Internet be restored in English-speaking parts of the country, 94 days after it shut it down due to protest against systemic oppression by the French-majority Paul Biya government.
BREAKING: The Internet is back in Anglophone Cameroon after 93 days!
The Cameroonian government turned off the cables on January 17, 2017 after months of protests (by the English-speaking citizens of Cameroon) against systemic oppression.
The Cameroonian government turned off the cables on January 17, 2017 after months of protests (by the English-speaking citizens of Cameroon) against systemic oppression and several clashes with security operatives dispatched to silence the dissenting populace
Cameroon’s deeply-rooted socio-cultural division have been brought to the fore over this debacle — in addition to being a pulverising stand against President Paul Biya’s 35-year rule, Reuters reports.
“It seems that the conditions that preceded the suspension of the internet to that part of the national territory have much changed,” Communications Minister IssaTchiroma said in a statement, according to Reuters.
“The head of state therefore instructs the (communications) minister … to re-establish internet connections in the northwest and southwest regions.”
Cutting off the Internet has been a major blow for Cameroon’s “Silicon Mountain” (as its called locally), a budding tech cluster of startups that were flourishing prior to the the shut down.
Between the protests and cutting off of the Internet, six people have been killed and several others have been arrested. Many others are currently in prison awaiting trial in military courts, prompting criticism from activists and organisations like the UN.
“Finally, it’s back. I’m on Facebook right now, so I’m very happy,” said a user in the city of Bamenda after the internet was restored. “Everyone is getting back in contact to let each other know the lines are OK.”
The three-month Internet shutdown is the longest government-sanctioned Internet restriction ever recorded in Africa.
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