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Title:Understanding the protest of February 2008 in Cameroon
Author:Amin, Julius A.ISNI
Periodical:Africa Today (ISSN 1527-1978)
Geographic term:Cameroon
government policy
About person:Paul Barthélémy Biya'a bi Mvondo (1933-)ISNI
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v058/58.4.amin.pdf
Abstract:This paper examines the sources of the protest of February 2008 in Cameroon by focusing on the role of youth in those events. Organized by transportation unions against the high cost of fuel, the protest quickly turned into a demonstration against President Paul Biya's policies and his plan to amend the Constitution eliminating the two-term presidency. Existing studies of the protest tend to simplify and misrepresent the role of youth, but this study aims to construct a more nuanced, reality based picture. First, an analysis is conducted of the characteristics germane to the youth population, distinguishing categories such as 'dokiman', 'feyman' ,'419', 'scammers', 'dealers', and 'bendskin drivers'. Second, the events of 2008 are placed within the context of youth-protest activities since the early 1990s. Third, the events and debate of 2008 are discussed, including constitutional issues, proposed amendments, reactions of the population and the media, and President Biya's response. The conclusion shows that the protest changed little in the political, economic and social structures of the nation. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]