Police confirm protestors entered the lobby of the Cameroon High Commission in London
Protestors demanding the independence of the Southwest and Northwest regions of Cameroon stormed into the country's High Commission in London, yesterday.
One protestor was seen chanting while standing on the wall outside the front door while others raised placards demanding the "restoration of Southern Cameroons' independence," after months of clashes and a series of brutal attacks against the Anglophone population in the country.
"During a pre-planned demonstration outside the Cameroon High Commission in Holland Park, W11 a small group of protesters briefly entered the lobby area of the embassy at approximately 12:45hrs on Sunday, 13 August," said a Metropolitan Police spokesperson.
The police added that they left the lobby area shortly afterwards and that no arrests were made. One suffered a minor hand injury but it did not need any treatment.
In video footage from the scene, police appeared to surround the group and officers became involved in a struggle on the stairs outside the front door of the property, where the Cameroon flag could be seen hanging from above.
On-going violence in Cameroon between anglophone protestors and the police have led to unrest in the country’s English-speaking regions, while many of Cameroon’s anglophones have long said they are treated as second-class citizens.
Amnesty International urged the government to investigate reports of four brutal murders in December last year, amid the growing violence in southern Cameroon.
A few months later, the government allegedly cut off internet services after a rise of pictures and videos depicting brutality emerged on social media. Officials insisted protestors were spreading fake information.