Cameroon – Bamenda riots: Arrested protesters transferred to Yaounde

Written by Deckson N.

They would be under exploitation at the Direction of the judicial police, according to La Nouvelle Expression.

After the riots of 8 December 2016 in Bamenda, several demonstrators were arrested and taken to Yaounde. The LNE of December 14, 2016, indicates that they would be at the Direction of the Judicial Police in the district of Elig-Essono for “in-depth exploitation“.

The newspaper says it keeps its information from a police source in the chief town of the Northwest region. Yet neither the date, nor the number of protesters are mentioned. LNE is content to say that following the strike of anglophone lawyers and teachers, demonstrations took the form of political demands in Bamenda.

Activists had burned the flag of Cameroon and hoisted the flag of the Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC) to the regional hospital of the city. This flag was later descended by the military. The human toll varies between 2 and 4 deaths according to the sources. Four policemen and four gendarmes were also wounded and about 50 people arrested.

On the material side, La Nouvelle Expression reported: “5 vehicles burned, including two belonging to the staff of the Commissariat, one of the CAMPOST, one vehicle parked at Afriland First Bank and another in front of the regional hospital of Bamenda. Several vehicles were vandalized, among these vehicles, that of BRIM’s second-in-command, the D.O of Bamenda III, the special adviser to Prime Minister Francis Fonye, a CDE car, and ‘ESIR. It should be noted that a police station was burned down and some buildings of the regional hospital were ransacked.

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