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Gabonese Refugees Flood Cameroon After Post-election Violence 

By Bouddih Adams with field reports

Gabonese fleeing in Cameroon in their numbers

Gabonese fleeing in Cameroon in their numbers

Gabonese refugees fleeing post-election violence have been flooding Cameroon through the Kyo-Osi border crossing in the south of the country.

Our sources at Kyo-Osi said large numbers of refugees have been streaming into Cameroon on foot after violence erupted in Gabon three days when President Ali Bongo Ondimba was declared winner of an election considered heavily flawed by the opposition.

Cameroonian authorities, sources say, have reacted by sending contingents of the military and the gendarmerie to ensure security.

According to our sources, food prices have dropped drastically and foodstuff ferried to Kyo-Osi for onward transportation to Gabon are rotting.

Reacting to the massive arrival of the Gabonese refugees, a Cameroonian stated: “The Gabonese should be ashamed to seek refuge in Cameroon. They have always chased Cameroonians out of Gabon.

They have never thought, for a second, that something would ever happen to them to also come to Cameroon. Imagine that we Cameroonians want to retaliate and block the way for them or send them back-to-sender.

Nine neighbourhoods of the capital, Libreville, saw violent clashes a day after protesters set fire to the Parliament building.

Bongo blamed the opposition for the unrest, saying: “Democracy does not sit well with self-proclaimed successes by small groups intent on destruction, democracy does not sit well with the siege of a Parliament and of national television.

This project (democracy) is close to my heart and this is what has led me to scrupulously respect the electoral code all the way”

Euro news reports states that, “At least three people have died and hundreds arrested … following the announcement of President Ali Bongo’s re-election, amid accusations that the vote was rigged.”

Euro news further states that, opposition leader, Jean Ping, accused the elections commission of boosting Bongo’s vote to hand him victory and extend his family’s nearly half-century rule for seven more years.

He called for international assistance to protect the population and told reporters that two people were killed and others wounded when the presidential guard assaulted his party headquarters overnight.

Ali Bongo reportedly got 49.80 percent against 48.23 percent for Jean Ping in the one-round Presidential poll that held on August 27, 2016.

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