27, December 2016
Less than three weeks after French speaking soldiers were deployed to the North West regional capital of Bamenda to “subdue” the riots, the Biya Francophone Beti Ewondo regime has today the 27th of December 2016 militarized the entire region. Cameroon Concord News can now confirm that large numbers of troops from Yaounde and Douala have taken over the entire city of Bamenda.
Our North West political correspondent reported that police and military personnel including members of the French speaking elite force known as BIR are now monitoring sensitive areas in Bamenda. The roads leading to the localities of Jakiri and Nkambe are closed to traffic. A source at the governor’s office hinted that they will be open again at 6pm.
The youth of Jakiri and Nkambe have launched a movement to prevent the holding of today’s meeting with the Anglophone teachers. The freedom fighters are demanding the release of all those arrested during the riots.
We understand this special deployment of law enforcement is therefore intended to allow the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee to examine and propose solutions to the demands of Anglophone teachers slated for Tuesday 27 December 2016. The working session is going to mark the revival of dialogue between government and the striking Anglophone teachers.
By Rita Akana with files from CIN