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By Atia Tilarious Azohnwi
The Cameroon People’s Party (CPP) has in a statement signed today said one of theirs Ms Grace Baleba was arrested in Yaoundé as she went to visit detained members of Kamto’s Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) party.
18 CRM members were arrested yesterday as they staged an anti-Biya protest in front of the Yaoundé Metropolitan Cathedral – a protest against electoral holdup in Cameroon.
The CPP statement reads:
The Cameroon People's Party informs the national and international community that our party member, Grace Baleba, was illegally arrested yesterday, October 28, 2018 at about p.m. by the Cameroonian Police. Ms. Baleba went to the Commissariat Central No. 1 to bring refreshments to her friends who are CRM militants.
About 18 CRM militants were arrested earlier in the day at a peaceful demonstration in front of the Yaoundé Cathedral. As soon as she arrived and asked to see the CRM militants, policemen accosted her, seized her bag and phone and had her arrested.
In violation of Cameroonian law, Ms. Baleba and the other detainees have not been allowed access to their lawyers or other visitors. Grace's mother arrived to see her and was denied access to her daughter. Ms. Baleba has already spent one night in jail and as the minutes tick away, we fear Grace will be deprived of a second night of liberty in total illegality.
The CPP requests that you bring all your power and influence to bear to ensure that this blatant violation of Cameroonian law comes to an end. Liberty is a fundamental right of which no citizen should be deprived lightly, certainly not when they have in no way infringed upon the law.
Please take a stand for fundamental human rights!