On Oct 10, 2016 Gay Star News reported: Cameroon police raided a gay bar in Yaoundé, surrounding the site with vans with the intent of arresting every person inside.
At around 2.30am on Sunday morning (9 October), officers began to blockade the Mistral bar in the Essos neighborhood of Yaoundé.
The Mistral does not advertise itself as a gay bar but was widely considered a place where many gay men could feel safe.
After blocking all conceivable entrances and exits with large police vans, two police officers entered the bar at 3am and informed the customers they were all under arrest.
‘People became anxious as they began to think of themselves as hostages,’ a Cameroon gay activist, writing for 76 Crimes under the pseudonym of Erin Royal Brokovitch, said.
‘Police then ordered people to leave the bar and checked for identification cards at the exit. Outside, with or without ID cards, all the bar patrons were ordered onto police trucks.
‘Police patrols were stationed at every corner of the cabaret — in front, beside, inside, behind.