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Cameroon’s English-speakers call for independence

Thousands of protesters are gearing up to march in cities and towns across the two Anglophone regions [AFP]
Cameroon’s government has banned public gatherings, suspended transportation and shutbusinesses in the country’s English-speaking regions as activists symbolically declared independence from the majority French-speaking areas.
Tensions continue to run high in towns and cities in Cameroon’s northwest and southwestern regions country with thousands of security forces said to be patrolling the streets in a bid to quell planned demonstrations against President Paul Biya’s administration.
“Today, we reaffirm our autonomy over our heritage and over our territory,” the Southern Cameroons Ambazonia Consortium United Front (SCACUF) said in a statement on Facebook.
The government has said the move carries no legal weight.
The declaration and protests come on the anniversary of South Cameroon’s independence from Britian in 1961.
Christopher Njong, information officer with the the governing council of Southern Cameroons, also known as Ambazonia, told Al Jazeera earlier on Sunday that people were gathering to march in the town of Bamenda, but were facing “major resistance from the army and police”.
“They [authorities] are doing everything to stop people from marching, because they don’t want the world to see our call for independence,” he said.
Njong added that people were attempting to march in the towns of Buea and Kumbo with white and blue flags (the flag of the country they would name Ambazonia) and placards, but were facing similar resistance from authorities.
Demands for independence have grown in the two regions in recent years and tension has been escalating [AFP]
English-speaking Cameroonians make up one-fifth of Cameroon’s population of 22 million. They have long accused the central government of discriminating against their community, arguing that they are excluded from employment and forced to speak French in business and official affairs, despite English being one of the country’s official languages.
They also argue that oil, found in the southwestern region, has been used to the benefit of the state and not the region in which the resources are found.
But the discontent goes much deeper.
Southern Cameroons joined Cameroon in 1961 through a referendum, but pro-independence groups argue that UN resolution 1608 that set the terms of an unification plan was never properly followed. Additionally, in 1972, when the country moved from a federalist system to a centralised system, with power resting firmly in the capital, Yaounde, those from the Anglophone regions said they suffered further neglect.
As a result, many Anglophones contend that the French-speaking majority annexed Southern Cameroon.
“They have turned us into servants in our own house,” Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, president of the movement for the independence of Southern Cameroons, said earlier this month.
Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon’s communication minister, told Al Jazeera that there would be no amputation or division of Cameroon.
“This division will never happen,” Bakary, speaking from Yaounde, said.
In response to allegations that the central government have deployed a disproportionate number of military to the region, Bakary said that “necessary measures had been taken to look after people and property, and to ensure people are not bullied”.
“We deployed to prevent violence; their [the protesters] aim is to provoke violence, this is why we sent them [the army] there.”
The minister would not say how many troops were sent, but rejected allegations that internet services had been slowed despite numerous suggestions that people were struggling to access social media
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  1. T Dan Yoga

    this are igbos living in Cameroon,una don carry una crase reach there again Abi

  2. Ikenna Udegbunam

    Cameroon unity is nonnegotiable 😁

  3. Salam Olanrewaju Saheed - Standard

    Why Monkey and Gorila are carrying placards this days demanding self determination. I don’t even know who dash all these Monkey banana self. Smhhhh!

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  7. Ezigbonwa Vianny

    Freedom Africa .time to end every form of colonisim

  8. Sa

    yanga they sleep…paul biya give them similar treatment like ipob

  9. Gen A B Odofin

    Assuredly, Those Who’re Conversant With My Comments And Presentations Will Remember That, “Biafra”, “Biafara” And “Ambazonia” Had Same Origin As Ancient Communities In The Countries Now Known As Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea And Sao Tome & The Principe Islands. Those Communities Were Never Part Of Modern Day Nigeria. They Were Almost Exterminated By The Portuguese And Spanish Explorers, Because They Were Communities Of Cannibals. That’s What 1600 To 1760 European Archival Geographical Maps And Historical Records Detailed Had On Them. Those Who Are Interested In These Details Could Verify From Archives In Europe. Isn’t It So?

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  12. Peter Nwaeseni

    They display their needs in smiles n colours. Not with machetes, hate speech, and threats of war.
    These are civilised people, even though we know the center black placard is a CGI, Computer Generated.

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  15. Emdee Abubakar

    They should join Nigeria….lol

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