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Wednesday 15 February 2006

Frozen chicken Imports Cameroon

The French anti-globalisation activist Jose Bove was there, so were other activists from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Nigeria and other African countries. It waa a rare show of global protest in Cameroon's capital, Yaounde. About 6,000 demanded a halt to frozen chicken imports, which farmers and consumers in Cameroon say threatens health and livelihoods. The protestors had to demonstrate in front of the office of the Citizens Association for the Defence of Collective Interest -- which planned the event -- after the Cameroon government barred the group from marching downtown at the last minute.

The demonstrators carried banners saying, "Frozen chicken: a catastrophe to Cameroon's producers" and "Importing what we produce: What a crime." The import of frozen chicken was among Africans' grievances at last month's Hong Kong round of world trade talks.

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