The night of Wednesday 9 to Thursday, November 10, 2016 was very rough at the famous Deido school roundabout in the city of Douala.
Bike riders tackled the Public Safety Commissioner of the Douala 9th district. After installing barricades on the highway to prevent the movement of vehicles, they launched projectiles at the police station. In response, the police fired shots into the air and then mobilized to put out of harm protesters. Some were arrested while some managed to escape.
At the origin of this nocturnal riot scene, a roundup of motorcycles made that night by police at an angle of Deido government school junction. “The police car took away bikes deemed badly parked. The Benskineurs (motorcycle taxi drivers), felt that it was abuse. So they reacted violently to try to recover their gear, “says a witness to the scene.
This riot comes two months after the one that brought these benskineurs deemed unruly and wild, to molesting the Commissioner of Public Safety Office of the 12th district, also in the city of Douala. The latter was bedridden for several days in a hospital in the economic capital. His torturers remained unpunished so far opposed a formal document control campaign launched by the government.
Faced with the violent reaction of benskineurs, authorities backtracked by suspending these controls through a statement signed by Samuel Dieudonné Ivaha Diboua, the Governor of the Littoral Region.