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11 Dec 2012

Cultural Survival

Cameroon: Opposition to Herakles Repressed

Nasako Besingi, the director of Struggle to Economise Future Environment (SEFE), one of our coalition partners on the ground in Cameroon, was arrested November 14th along with five others in the town of Mundemba, Cameroon. Local and international pressure was successful in releasing the activists after being held for two days with no charge. Besingi and his colleagues had been preparing a peaceful demonstration against the project. The majority of people in the area oppose the project, and that there has been little to no consultation on what is to be done to the land that has been worked by their families for many generations...Herakles’s presence in the region is considered a security risk by those opposed to the project, and as a threat to local communities’ rights. Experiencing harassment has become a persistent part of Besingi’s life as he continues to oppose the Herakles project.