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Cameroon – Anglophone crisis: Over 20 buildings burnt already.

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Written by Deckson N.

Politicians give their views on the issue. Most seem to think that in order to reach the outcome of the anglophone crisis, those detained in connection with the crisis must be released.

In its edition of May 26, 2017, the daily Le Jour notes that since the arrest of the main leaders of the anglophone protest, there have been more and more cases of fire in the English-speaking regions, namely the North-West and the South-West. The daily indicated that, to date, there are already about twenty buildings and public places burnt by unknown individuals. The consequence of this situation is that today the populations of these regions live in psychosis. For those who set fire to buildings and public places, they find the means to compel the populations to respect the watchwords of Ghost Towns.

Is the Anglophone crisis stalled or untying? Jean Tsomelou, the Social Democratic Front (SDF) Secretary General (SG), thinks that the government must put an end to the problem. “The situation is difficult. The number of fires that are increasing is regrettable. All these acts are truly regrettable. We have to see how to get through this. It is a whole population that is suffering. I do not know what to say to a desperate population, waiting for the Government to solve their problems if not to become more aware. Trust is not easy when you are in crisis. We can not say more than we said. The government must solve this problem just as burning does not solve anything, “he said.

For Nji Rengou Soulé, Communication Officer of the Democratic Union of Cameroon (UDC), negotiation is a priority. “I can say that the activists who regain such approval and graft around what should be resolved by negotiation are overwhelmed by the events. The actions they take are horrible. It is not by burning schools, public buildings that they will find the solution to the problem. To burn everything, to destroy everything is useless. Instead, they must revisit the story. As we revisit the story around a table, we review what had been concluded and whether there had been any slippage in the course of the process, which was corrected by mutual agreement. We must give priority to negotiation and not destruction, “he said.

Professor Alain Fogue of the Revival Movement, who was also questioned on the subject, said: “I do not have enough information to be able to say whether the English-speaking crisis is becoming more radical. But according to the latest information coming from the Yaounde Military Court where more than 25 people appeared, the Government Commissioner has called for the judicial supervision of two leaders of the consortium. This is already good news because it is necessary that the other political hostages who are still detained can be freed.

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