West Cameroon: Trial of the leaders of the Consortium to be met with massive civil disobedience campaign
Various Southern Cameroons grassroots groups and prominent Anglophone activists are preparing for a massive ghost town operation on the 13th of February 2017 to signal West Cameroonians disapproval of the arrest and trial of the leaders of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium. The trial of Barrister Agbor Nkongho Felix and Dr Fontem Neba will be met with a massive civil disobedience campaign, Cameroon Concord News has learnt.
The Biya Francophone Beti Ewondo regime may have won a battle by arresting and torturing hundreds of Southern Cameroonians, but if the throngs of demonstrators across the Anglophone regions who oppose any dealing with La Republique du Cameroun have their way, Cameroon will be partitioned. Southern Cameroons has been fraught with disruption and massive civil unrest with the regime in Yaounde maintaining a kind of deliberate silence.
Working under the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, many grass root groups are already planning on a series of decentralized direct actions that will shut down the entire La Republique system in West Cameroon and paralyze Yaoundé itself. According to their call-to-action, ghost town operations will be observed today and tomorrow the 11th of February 2017. The interim leaders of the Consortium have announced that the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium will no longer tolerate betrayals from any Southern Cameroon citizen.
The Chairman of the Social Democratic Front, Ni John Fru Ndi recently observed that the Biya administration handling of the Anglophone crisis has been a disaster. Day-by-day, the resistance is growing from strength to strength and Southern Cameroonians are taking to the streets and protesting. In areas such as Ndop, Kembong in Eyumojock Sub Division and Ekodo Titi, Southern Cameroonians have blockade, disrupt, intervene, sit in, walk out, rise up, and made more noise and good trouble than the Biya Francophone establishment can bear. Slowly but surely, the Anglophone uprising is delegitimizing President Biya and all his administrative authorities.
An operations manager of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium noted to our Muyuka informant that “We don’t ask permission from any Francophone SDO or DO or put our faith in the CPDM political elites from the South West or North West, instead, we use our bodies to stop the smooth operation of the system we oppose.” Another coordinator of the Consortium in Kumbo was quoted as saying “If there is going to be a positive change in the Southern Cameroons society, we have to make it ourselves, together, through direct action.”
By Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai with cables from Atabong Paul