Cameroon minister warns against general strike

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YaoundeCameroon‘s minister of communication told protesters calling for demonstrations on Wednesday to call off their plans.”Those who are calling on our compatriots, especially those who are trying to prey on the very dynamic and youthful population, to go into the streets and demonstrate, are actually taking Cameroon 20 years backward,” Issa Tchiroma Bakary told journalists Tuesday.Bakary accused Cameroonians living in the United States and Europe of trying to stir up trouble through calls for Egypt-style protests on Twitter and other websites. Protests so far have been small scale and quickly dispersed.President Paul Biya has been in power since 1982, and his critics accuse him of running an authoritarian regime. Accusations of nepotism and corruption in the regime abound.

There are also confidential reports that the website of freedom magazine and its twitter and facebook web page and its reporters are now under the surveillance of the Cameroon government.

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