Cameroon – Repression: Yaounde militarizes the North-West and South-West Regions

Written by Deckson N.

This Monday in Bamenda, the strike of anglophone teachers quickly turned into demonstrations of demand for independence and against the marginalization of the Anglophone populations of the country.

Following the strike of anglophone lawyers in the Southwest and Northwest Regions, English-speaking teachers demonstrated on Monday, November 21, 2016 in Bamenda. But unlike the strike of lawyers, that of the teachers has turned into a protest against the discrimination that the anglophones of the country are victims, reveals Le Quotidien l’Economie of this Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

This strike took the form of a claim for the independence of this part of Cameroon. According to the newspaper, it is difficult to attest that all demonstrators were teachers. The Cameroon Teachers’ Trade Union (CATTU) did not want to speak on the matter, whereas at the end of last week, its secretary Wilfred Tassang called on teachers and students to stay at home on Monday, 21 November. A call that was not followed by the people of Bamenda who nevertheless noisily manifested.

This situation created tensions in the city, causing the deployment of elements of the forces of order and even those of the army. On the south-western side, on Monday, 21 November 2016 was rather calm, proof that the call for calmness of the Secretary General of CATTU was rather well followed in this region even with the presence of elements of the Law enforcement forces in the towns of Buea, Limbe and Kumba.

In Bamenda, the clash took place after the authorities in Yaounde tried to negotiate with the members of the CATTU last Friday to lift the call to strike. Among the demands of the latter, the withdrawal and resettlement of all francophone teachers in anglophone classrooms, with the exception of bilingual teachers; The withdrawal of Francophone lecturers and administrators from the Anglo-Saxon universities of Bamenda and Buea, etc.

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