Wednesday, 18 January 2017

'Internet blocked' in English-speaking Cameroon amid political unrest

According multiple reports, the internet was blocked in Cameroon and especially in the restive English-speaking region of Bamenda. A US-based internet content delivery company, Akamai tweeted that there was a noted disruption of internet traffic at 20:45 GMT last night:

Akamai also noted that the disruption lasted just over an hour with traffic levels returning back to normal:

Another company that offers internet services and monitors its performance has also shared a graph showing a drop in internet connections in the country:

According to political pundits the internet interruption is part of the government's intimidation especially with the ongoing tension in the Southern Cameroon following a push by the people in the Anglophone region against plans to decree the use of French language in schools and courts.

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