Cameroon: Petition for musicians



Petition for musicians

At the request of the International Federation of Musicians, LabourStart has launched a new online campaign in defense of the hundreds of members of the Musicians Union of Cameroon who were savagely attacked by police as they peacefully marched.

SYCAMU President, Roméo Dika, who is also Vice-President of the International Federation of Musicians, was 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.

The International Federation of Musicians calls upon all musicians and their trade unions around the world to write to Mr Paul Biya, President of the Republic of Cameroon, so that he makes sure that the artists concerned are not subject to any further violence and that the provisions aiming at guaranteeing that artists receive their legitimate payments are fully respected.

On 20 November 2012 LabourStart already had well over 5,000 supporters for the campaign with the International Federation of Musicians against police repression of trade unionists in Cameroon.

To learn more and to show your support for the musicians, click here:

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