Geneva is preparing for a large demonstration against Cameroon’s president, Paul Biya

Large numbers of police, many in riot gear, were posted outside a luxury hotel in Geneva on Saturday where the president of Cameroon stays as protesters against his governance started to gather nearby.

Cameroon’s 86-year-old president, Paul Biya, who has ruled the country since 1982, “ruled his dictatorship for almost half a century,” rally co-organizer Robert Wanto, a Cameroonian national who has been living in exile for three decades, said.

“We are here to demand that Cameroon be allowed to enter the modern democratic era,” he told AFP, standing on a square in front of the United Nations European headquarters, where a large demonstration is scheduled to kick off Saturday afternoon.

Several hours before the beginning of the rally, approximately 30 protesters dressed in Cameroonian flags were already busy setting up a stage and hanging banners with graphic images of dead bodies allegedly tortured with the message: “People say no to Paul Biya.”

Earlier this week, the Cameroon embassy in Bern warned that Cameroonian nationals living in different European countries are planning a “violent” protest against Saturday’s Biya.

He pointed out that during lengthy trips to Switzerland, where he is supposedly coming for medical therapy, Biya made it a habit to remain at the pricy Intercontinental.

Ultimatum’– The 5-star Intercontinental Hotel, where Biya is thought to have been staying since Sunday, has not been allowed to march the 500 yards (yards).

But Wanto told AFP that Biya had been given an “ultimatum” by the demonstrators and that if he stayed at the hotel when the protest began, “we’re going to march there.”

He pointed out that during lengthy trips to Switzerland, where he is supposedly coming for medical therapy, Biya made it a habit to remain at the pricy Intercontinental.

“When our country is economically sick, he thinks it’s okay to come here and spend billions of our money,” Wanto said.

Early Saturday, the hotel was surrounded by dozens of suit-clad men believed to be part of the security detail of the president.

Several police vehicles were also parked outside the hotel and periodic intervals between the tall glass building and the UN square had been stationed by organizations of policemen.

Several scuffles with tiny numbers of protesters were already in front of the hotel and even inside the lobby over the previous week.

An assault on a Swiss journalist covering incidents by males thought to be the safety personnel of Biya even triggered a diplomatic incident, prompting the Swiss government on Thursday to invite Cameroon’s ambassador to Bern.

Several scuffles with small numbers of demonstrators were already in front of the hotel and even inside the lobby over the past week.

An assault on a Swiss journalist covering incidents by males thought to be the safety personnel of Biya even triggered a diplomatic incident, prompting the Swiss government on Thursday to invite Cameroon’s ambassador to Bern.

The dictator must be senile in order to transport the violence he unleashes daily on his country to a democratic country’s soil, “Wanto said.

Cameroon, a former French colony, has experienced a succession of crises and is presently wrapped in its English-speaking west by a fatal war between separatists and state forces.

Leaders of the opposition have experienced mass arrests, and organizations of freedoms accuse the authorities of frequently disappearing from prisoners of torture.

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