Protestors and activists from the English-Speaking regions of Cameroon have called for a break away from what they consider as a francophone-dominated government.
During the Sunday demonstrations, eight people are reported to have been shot by the army.
These demonstrations began in late 2016, and apart from asking for President Paul Biya’s 35-year rule to end, they also want independence.
Government had banned all gatherings of more than four people, ordered bus stations, restaurants, cafes and shops to shut and forbade movement between different parts of the English-speaking regions.
There were also internet disruptions on Friday, which locals think they were intended to stop them from mobilising.
Issa Tchiroma Bakary, the communications minister, warned media on Sunday to shut against giving a voice to separatists, saying they “must not encourage those who advocate division, who want to destroy and destabilise our country“.
Businesses were paralysed in the regions’ main cities, Buea and Bamenda, where military helicopters circled overhead.
Tensions continue to rise as thousands of security forces are said to be patrolling the streets in a bid to quell planned demonstrations against President Paul Biya’s administration.
Historians say that Cameroon’s divide has its roots in the end of the first world war, when the League of Nations divided the former German colony of Kamerun between the allied French and British victors.