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Published On: Mon, Oct 2nd, 2017

Cameroun Government Agents Kill English Speaking Citizens

Security forces opened fire on demonstrators who were calling for independence at rallies on Sunday, killing several people.

Internet services has been shut down in Cameroon’s English-speaking areas after clashes involving activists and human rights organizations in the English speaking territories.

The Anglophone side has claimed unequal representation in government as well as unequitable resource allocation. The indigent people of English speaking Cameroun claim that the government of Paul Biya has mainly responded harshly and oppressively without giving adequate room for dialogue and democratic process.

Gerrymandering of electoral districts has also ensured elimination of viable opposition to the ruling government of Paul Biya, The Anglophone communities are especially devoid of basic infrastructures that are often available in the francophone regions and claim that they feel treated like second class citizens in their motherland.

Bamenda  city in the Anglophone region is now in lockdown with no cars or people on the streets.

The Camerounian government had previously blocked the English speaking territories from access to  blocked the internet for three months earlier in the year.

Several images of people matcheted and stabbed by government security agents are being shared on the social media.

Opposition leader John Fru Ndi said he believed that at least 30 people had died in clashes.

At least 50 people were wounded and about 200 arrested, reports say.

Two dozen police in body armour, helmets, and shields walk down a street away from the cameraImage copyrightAFP
Image captionPolice in riot gear patrolled the streets of Buea on Sunday

The divisions in the central African state date back to the post-colonial settlement. Before independence in 1960, Cameroon was split between a larger French and smaller British mandate. During decolonization, a portion of British Cameroon elected to enter into a federation with French Cameroon rather than join Nigeria to its northwest. The new Anglophone state of West Cameroon had its own prime minister, who was also the federation’s vice president.

Cameroon was colonised by Germany, then split into British and French areas after World War One and was eventually reunified in 1961.

Since then the English-speaking minority has always complained that it has faced discrimination.

Protests over the last year were prompted by the imposition of French in schools and courts in the English-speaking North-West and South-West regions.

Image result for anglophone cameroon crisisMany activists today are protesting in response to having French language and legal standards imposed upon them. Anglophone Cameroonian courts are sometimes run by appointed French-educated judges despite no knowledge of British common law, which is supposed to be in use. Similarly, teachers and students have criticized the lack of opportunities to study or take exams in English

Map of Cameroon

Sunday’s rallies were held on the 56th anniversary of reunification of the country, with activists calling for the release of prisoners arrested in earlier demonstrations.

But many suspect the internet is again being deliberately blocked by the authorities embarrassed by the protests.

Security forces are reported to be breaking into homes indiscriminately, beating, looting and arresting people in Bamenda and in Bafute.

 

TAO News Agency Correspondent

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