Teachers' Protest Disallowed

Panafrican News Agency, 16 January 2001

Yaounde—A protest march planned by Cameroonian teachers in Yaounde was disallowed Tuesday by the authorities for reasons of public order.

All politically related events have been banned in the country ahead of the France-Africa Summit, opening in Yaounde Thursday.

High school teachers, led by the National Union for Education and Training (SNAEF), have been pressurising the government to sign a decree on the implementation of their new service conditions.

Meanwhile, Appolinaire Mboutchouang, the Union's representative in Sangmelima, President Paul Biya's native village, has been reported arrested since 9 January.

This was a day after the Union submitted a letter to the Yaounde Prefect, informing him about the existence of the Union's branch in his constituency.

Informed sources said Mboutchouang was accused of subversion and detained.