The 93 day long internet blackout in the English speaking (Anglophone) areas of Cameroon has finally come to an end.
According to reports from the BBC, Cameroon President Paul Biya ordered the restoration of internet services in the northwest and southwest regions of the country yesterday (20 April 2017) putting an end to the three month blackout.
The blackout came as the Government responded to strikes by Anglophone teachers, lawyers and students who claimed there was a clear bias in favour of French-speaking Cameroonians. The strike which had started in December 2016 soon turned violent. Many people took to online platforms to share their opinions which resulted in the government threatening the public with jail time if caught sharing “false information”. The government eventually cut off internet access in the region in an attempt to stop the spread of online chatter.
According to Quartz media, the blackout immediately came under intense criticism and escalated civil unrest in the country as regions that were unaffected by the shutdown led an online #BringBackOurInternet campaign.
With the shutdown finally over, it is now up to the Government to deal with the issues surrounding the Anglophone protests or risk further mass action.