A number of graphic videos and pictures reaching Presspeep.com, shockingly reveal how English-speaking nationals of Cameroon are being killed, beaten and tortured.
Teachers in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions have been striking in protest against the use of French in schools and the presence of “Francophone teachers” in English-speaking areas.
The Cameroon Teachers’ Trade Union (Cattu) declared a sit-in strike on 22 November for teachers and students in the Northwest and Southwest, the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon, inhabited by some 3.2 million people.
French and English are the official language of the West African country, which has separate schooling systems in Anglophone and Francophone areas. The 1998 law on the orientation of education clearly says that the two sub-systems of education are independent and autonomous.
“We have been trying to resist that, but we have got to the point where they [government] are infiltrating Francophone teachers who cannot speak English and don’t even master our own system of education and sometimes they teach in a language that’s neither English nor French. We call it Franglais or Pidgin,” he went on alleging.
“Anglophone teachers want to teach in English and we want Anglophone children to be taught by teachers who know the English sub-education system of Cameroon.” Nearly 60 years after independence, no English speaker in Cameroon has held any influential position such as minister of defense, finance or territorial administration.
Ongoing Protests – Beating, Killing, Torturing
The strike was called amid ongoing protests in Bamenda, capital of Northwest, were dozens of people took to the streets to demonstrate against perceived disenfranchisement and alleged failure to implement measures that would guarantee self-determination.
Protests started in October, when a group of English speaking lawyers took to the streets of Bamenda to protest against the use of French in courts and the lack of English versions of some legal acts and codes.
Demonstrations continued throughout November with lawyers striking in both the Northwest and Southwest, amid allegations the Cameroonian police “used tear gas to disperse” the lawyers.
The alleged police reaction sparked further demonstrations in Anglophone Cameroon. Some groups also called for the independence of the Anglophone Cameroon, known as “Southern Cameroons”, during British colonization.
Security forces fired tear-gasses and clashed with demonstrators on 22 November, amid allegations between one and three people were killed. The situation was tense and most of the shops were closed on 23 November
Watch a video of how English-speaking Cameroonian is being beaten like a foe to his own nation: