Teachers detained in Cameroon over pay protest

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More than 200 Cameroonian teachers demanding back pay and allowances have been arrested and detained in police stations across the capital Yaoundé after attempting to hold street protests on Tuesday.

Their family members say they have not had any contact since.

The leader of group, Samuel Ekoto, told reporters that plan to resolve the pay dispute last year weren’t honoured.

According to Ekoto, “We demand the release of our colleagues. Some of us have been waiting one, two, three years [for a resolution over pay] but there’s a lack of commitment from the authorities.”

But some teachers disagree. A spokesman for another teacher’s body, Jacques Bessala Ngono said it believed progress was being made in talks with the authorities and so had cut ties with those who protested.

BBC/Sammie