Members of the National Commission for Human Rights and Freedoms (NCHRF) have just been sent to Bamenda (North-West) and Buea (south-west) – the two regions of the Anglophone speaking parts of Cameroon – To investigate allegations of violence reported during the demonstrations on 8 December 2016, when at least two people were killed.
“The NCHRF, which wishes to establish the truth of these allegations, has sent a mission to the field, the results of which will be communicated to the media,” a source told the headquarters of the Commission in Yaounde. Before the NCHRF, Amnesty International, which had denounced the disproportionate use of force against demonstrators, called for an independent investigation.
The official record of the riots in Bamenda on 8 December 2016 refers to “two deaths in circumstances that remain to be elucidated; Four gendarmes and four wounded policemen, a young woman also wounded and partially burned, a CPDM officer also seriously wounded in the head.
As for the material balance, it reports 9 destroyed vehicles including those of the Commander of Legion of Gendarmeries, the second in command of the B.R.I.M. (Rapid Motorized Infantry Battalion), the DO of Bamenda III, the Camerounaise des Eaux, the CAMPOST, the rapid intervention teams of the police, ESIR, the Gendarmerie Nationale and two vehicles.
In addition to numerous shops and other public kiosks, two public buildings were looted and burned.
Since then, the Government has undertaken measures of dialogue and return to peace. However, the protesters continue to create a climate of fear among the populations. Internet cut in both regions is still not restored. Classes in schools and universities resumed timidly, despite assurances from the Government.