Violence spread rapidly throughout Bamenda, the capital of the North-West Region on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the end of the morning.
“What we are living here now exceeds all that we have suffered so far. The youths barricaded roads, they set fire almost everywhere. They also attack certain vehicles. This is very serious. The scared population seeks to hide. Myself, I found refuge with a friend. I could not take the risk of taking the road to my home which is far from Commercial Avenue “. This is the testimony of a colleague who the reporter had on the phone shortly before 11am.
The city of Bamenda, where activities have been paralyzed for several weeks following a strike by Anglophone teachers and lawyers, registered on Thursday, December 8, 2016, an escalation of tension between dissatisfied populations and law enforcement officials following the decision of the leaders of the ruling CPDM, the ruling political party, to organize a meeting, called “Peace Meeting”, in the city to invite the demonstrators to put an end their strike.
Philemon Yang, the Prime Minister and Jean Nkuete, the Secretary General of the CPDM, were to address the local population as they did yesterday in Buea, in the Southwest Region, at a similar meeting.
“The Prime Minister and Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique had already taken the road to the meeting place at Bamenda congress hall. When the insurrection started, they turned back. From my position, I can not tell you exactly where they are. The truth for now is that the meeting, scheduled to begin around 10 am, does not hold, “informs our source.
The escalation of tension comes as the day before, the bishops issued a call for the end of the teachers’ strike