At a press conference held on Saturday (December 10th) in Yaounde, the Minister of Communication (MINCOM) said that the Bamenda strike was almost insurrectional.
According to the newspaper La Météo on Monday 12 December 2016, the Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma, commented on the violent protests that rocked the capital city of the Northwest Region.
According to the MINCOM, “we have the right to ask ourselves what are the root causes of the insurrectionary situation that the town of Bamenda knew on the 8th of December,” the newspaper said. Later, Issa Tchiroma Bakary assimilates these demonstrators to the armed bands of the jihadist insurgency of Boko Haram against which Cameroon has been waging a merciless war since 2014.
The Minister maintains that the demonstrators clearly stated their desire to secede, not only by burning the flag of the Republic of Cameroon, but also by replacing it with another banner that is supposed to represent the new State: “The protesters hoisted into Some crossroads and vandalized public buildings, flags of the Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC), “notes the MINCOM, attitude considered” inadmissible “by the spokesman of the Government.
According to the newspaper, other elements that make it possible to equate the demonstrators of Bamenda with the insurgents of Boko Haram are the destruction caused in the city during this social sling. “But now, out of nowhere, overexcited and active in groups that are visibly well prepared and perfectly organized, began to perpetrate acts of vandalism and urban guerilla warfare on the Grandstand of the city, with the clear objective of disturbing, to prevent the holding of this public meeting, “said Issa Tchiroma Bakary.