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Cameroon – Buea: Tensions in Buea, university paralyzed by student strike, fears of police violence

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Written by Deckson N.

After Bamenda (Northwest), it is the turn of Buea (South-West) still in the English-speaking part of the country, to enter the dance.

Since 10:30 am this Monday morning, students from the University of Buea in the southwest, (English-speaking part of the country), are demonstrating peacefully within the campus.

The peaceful demonstration of the students began in the campus of the university of Buea around 10:30AM (9HGMT).

The students claim that they receive the Academic Excellence bonus of 50,000 FCFA.

The students also demand that the payment of CFAF 10 000, instituted by the Rector, be terminated for penalties for failure to meet the deadline for payment of tuition fees online.

Finally, students demand that the functions of French-speaking teachers, who teach only in French, be terminated.

To contain the peaceful demonstration of students, police forces were deployed on campus, where shots in the air were fired to disperse the crowd.

The anti-riot system of the police, whose first attacks on students are reported, is being strengthened.

For its part, the governor of the South West Okalia Bilai said in a press release that there are identified and unidentified groups that would intimidate the parents of pupils and students who send their children to the schools of Training and education.

Still in the same statement, the administrative authority said it had taken steps to “neutralize anybody surprised disrupting the normal course of lectures“.

Still in the register of demonstrations, SDF MPs, the main opposition party, also met with the governor on Monday and decided to march peacefully to show their solidarity with the people.

Before the demonstrations on Monday, lawyers and teachers claimed in Buea and Bamenda. Their demonstrations, repressed by the police, resulted in the demand for federalism. Biya dispatched his Prime Minister without finding a solution, lawyers and teachers have extended their unlimited strike action.

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