Coffin-carrying Anglophone protesters clash with police in Cameroon

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Clashes with police broke out as thousands of English-speaking Cameroonians brought coffins to the streets of Bamenda to protest what they see as their countrywide marginalization by Francophones.

Protesters carried coffins and reportedly proclaimed they were ready to die if met with violence, and be buried in the caskets. There are millions of English speakers living mainly in the northwest and southwest provinces, who say they are treated as second-class citizens, barred from high office jobs and the best education under French-speaking President Paul Biya.

Cameroon has two official languages following the colonial rule of Britain and France. Cameroon’s main opposition party, the Social Democratic Front, is headed by Anglophone John Fru Ndi.