Southern Cameroonians will begin a campaign of civil disobedience against the government of La Republique du Cameroun and direct action against internet companies and mobile telephone providers on Monday, to demand an end to the epidemic of rapes, extra judicial killings and the release of all prominent Anglophone leaders arrested in Buea and Bamenda.
The Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society, a group formed in the wake of serious marginalization of Anglophones said they would “no longer stand by and watch Francophone political elites treat Southern Cameroonians like slaves.” The leaders of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium which has more than 3000 operation managers in West Cameroon said all academic institutions in Southern Cameroons will remain closed until all Anglophone demands are met by the Biya Francophone Beti Ewondo regime. The ghost town operation will be staged for a one month period.
The Anglophone leaders say they are prepared to get arrested in their fight against injustice, discrimination and destruction of the Anglo-Saxon heritage including the Common Law and the educational system. Mark Bara and Ivo Tapang who are helping to lead the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society ’s direct action campaign, which kicks off on Monday, said CACSC would go much further by paralyzing not only school activities, but other sectors such as transport and business.
As well as directly targeting Francophone administrative power in Southern Cameroons, the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium will also go after any Anglophone so-called political elite who attempts to work against the interest of West Cameroonians in the struggle. “We are going to be targeting people who are working to sabotage the Southern Cameroons revolution”, noted an operations manager in Ekok at the borders with Nigeria.
On Monday, the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium has asked Southern Cameroonians to stay at home for a kind of “die-in” and avoid any confrontation with troops that have been deployed from French Cameroun. Both the Ministers of Secondary Education and Telecommunication have opined that shutting down internet services in British Southern Cameroons comes right and has worked to the CPDM government’s advantage. However, new findings have revealed that the government action on internet services has recruited more followers for the Consortium and many Southern Cameroonians now believe in secession.
By Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai with files from Rita Akana, Sama Ernest