The International Federation of Musicians has launched a campaign to supportÂ musiciansÂ in Cameroon, who on 8th November took part inÂ a protest against the Port of Douala’s refusal to pay copyright royalties to artists. TheÂ demonstration was harshly repressed by the police, with musicians brutally assaulted and beaten.
More than 500 artists including Anne-Marie NziÃ© (pictured – aged 85) and the SYCAMU President, RomÃ©o DIKA (who is also Vice-President of the International Federation of Musicians), were dragged to the ground and beaten with batons and fists. 63 of them were thrown into jail and only released after more than seven hours of detention. The others were transported in trucks and locked up for more than 10 hours. Romeo Dika is now accused by some media to have prepared an insurrection, and may be sentenced by life imprisonment or receive the death penalty.
You can support the campaign toÂ protect the musiciansÂ here.