Cameroon government ready for dialogue, but no sign of internet restoration

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The Cameroonian government is open to discussing grievances of its citizens in English-speaking regions of the country, but will not restore internet access in those regions.

The country’s information minister Issa Tchiroma said the government is ready to dialogue with the affected people to find a common solution.

“We are ready to listen. We said that, ok, we understand your claim. Let us sit around the table, explain, and we are going to find a common solution through dialogue and consultation,” he said.

Rights activists in the North-West and South-West regions say there have been protests and strikes because the government has ignored discrimination and other grievances for many years and the situation has been getting worse.

As part of its response to the protests and strikes, the government last month cut off the internet connection to the two regions concerned, although it has not explicitly acknowledged doing so.

When challenged by BBC about this, Mr Tchiroma said:

“The internet is a marvellous tool [but] when you use this tool to incite hatred, political upheaval, riots, it is wrong. This unfortunately is what is being done.”

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