BUEA, South West—Rioters on motorbikes have forced people out of the markets and caused shops to close in Kumba as protests against police brutality in Bamenda erupted through the South West on Friday.
Protesters blocked Tiko Road in Mutengene near Buea, calling on authorities to demilitarize Bamenda, where five people were killed on Thursday. Barricades briefly disrupted traffic between the cities of Limbe and Douala before security forces cleared the road.
Our correspondent in Kumba described the situation as “hot”. He said there were more than 1000 motorbike riders riding noisily through the streets in the direction of Three Corners Fiango around 10am.
Police deployed quickly in both towns but no clashes have been reported.
“People have been chased from the main market and shops along the streets have closed,” said our correspondent in Kumba. “It is very hot here this morning. It is really hot. People are running up and down in panic.”
This is a developing story and we would be updating it throughout the day.