Cameroon has banned public meetings and travel in a mainly English-speaking region ahead of a protest to demand independence for the area. The South-West region's border with Nigeria has also been shut to block "infiltration" by people threatening Cameroon's unity, officials said.
Pro-independence marches have been planned for Sunday, the 56th anniversary of Cameroon's unification. English speakers accuse the Francophone majority of discrimination. They say they are often excluded from top civil service jobs, and that the French language and legal system have been imposed on them.
The government denies the allegations and insists that it treats all citizens equally.
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