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Cameroon – Protest: What really happened for police to fire tear gas at Anglophone lawyers in Bamenda

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Written by Deckson N.

On Tuesday, the English-speaking lawyers gathered outside Bamenda appeal court to announce the creation of a new bar only for English-speaking lawyers.

On strike since 11 October, the English-speaking lawyers are protesting against the non-existence in their country, of an English version of the “uniform acts” of the OHADA, the Cima code (International Conference on Insurance Markets), regulation of CEMAC (Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa) and other legislation.

Gathered on Tuesday outside the Court of Appeal of Bamenda to announce the creation of a new bar only for English-speaking lawyers, police intervened to end the meeting when Mr. Bobga Harmony, President of Association lawyers of Northwest Cameroon, began to give reasons for the creation of this bar.

According to the BBC, the English lawyers have decided to walk the streets of the city, capital of the Northwest Region, one of the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon. “Then they tried to gather again in the city center, that’s when the police used tear gas to disperse them,” reports the British radio.

A protester angrily told the BBC correspondent that “lawyers should not be treated that way.” She said the demonstration was “peaceful“, before regretting the use of guns and gas against them by the police, as if the protesters were “criminals“, we learn. Contacted by the BBC, the Attorney General of Bamenda did not comment.

Since the beginning of claims on October 11, 2016, these lawyers are absent from all courts in the Northwest and Southwest, the two English-speaking regions of the country. A situation which disrupts the running of some trials. Lawyers for the two Anglophone regions constitute nearly a third of solicitors of the Cameroon Bar.

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