Police carry out mass arrests after days of protests over language. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Security forces in Cameroon arrested about 100 people during days of protests over alleged discrimination against minority English-speaking people, Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary and a senior security source said on Wednesday. The town was tense on Tuesday with barricades still erected in various parts of the northwestern town of Bamenda the day after protests during which one person was killed Burning tires blocked some roads whilst police and military scoured the streets looking for the alleged vandals. Witnesses said there were sporadic gun shots. Bakary said vandals who had mingled with the demonstrators smashed shops. A second security source said the demonstrators also wanted independence for Cameroon's two English speaking regions and the departure of President Paul Biya, who has been in power since 1982 and is one of Africa's longest serving rulers. French is spoken in eight of Cameroon's 10 regions and English in the northwestern and southwestern regions. A protest leader addressed the crowd of teachers, lawyers and their supporters, standing in a coffin to symbolize that they would fight until the end to stop French being imposed in their educational and legal systems Bakary said reinforcements in Bamenda were helping security forces return the situation to normal. He said the protests posed no threat to Biya.