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Teachers’ Strike Sparks Flames in Bamenda

Tyres were set on fire across the entire city

Tyres were set on fire across the entire city

Calm is gradually returning to Bamenda after a tense day yesterday characterized by running battles between the police and youths on the streets, with police firing tear gas and live bullets in the air and the youths burning tires and barricading streets after streets.

 Early this morning heavily armed police officers were found on every major junction to preempt any more attacks and gathering of the population, another group went around town clearing the remaining obstacles.

The main markets in town also opened timidly, while taxis are slowly returning to the streets this morning. So far motorcycles remain the main mode of transportation though commuters are mostly trekking to work. The schools on their part remains shut down and several shops are adopting a wait and see approach to open up. Many banks and credit unions and money transfer agencies remained close though there are workers are in place waiting to open up.

Yesterday, from Mile IV Nkwen to Finance Junction, City Chemist Round About to Ntarikon, Meta Quarters to Travelers, youths blocked the streets almost every fifty Metres, rendering the deployment of troops very difficult, while both sides were engaged in a stone and teargas war. This continued for a most part of the day until when the police took a tactical retreat abandoning the streets of the town to the rampaging population who erected more barriers, blocking complete circulation of traffic and forcing all commuters to trek home.

some barricades carried information like this one at Sonac Street

some barricades carried information like this one at Sonac Street

Most streets in Bamenda were barricaded making the deployment of troops very difficult

Most streets in Bamenda were barricaded making the deployment of troops very difficult

When most of the population had retired home the police return late in the evening firing teargas at random and clearing the barricades one after the other on the major streets. They forced any pedestrian they could find to help clear the mess with them. Several travel agencies were grounded with thousands of travelers unable to travel.

Events yesterday were sparked by a group of youths that gathered at the Liberty Square (City Chemist Round About) to demand for better roads and later staged a walk to the City Council to demand answers from the Government Delegate about the poor state of the road in Town. Their leader had placed a coffin at the City Chemist Roundabout with a bible in hand where he said he came ready to die for their cause.

striking youths came with a coffin to bury the system they described at rotten

striking youths came with a coffin to bury the system they described at rotten

 striking youths came with a coffin to bury the system they described at rotten

At the City Council Premises they meet a heavy deployment of the police and gendarmerie and an Army helicopter that hover dangerous low over them. This however did no intimidate them. When their leader who had gone in to discussed with the City Council officials failed to return, they set ablaze a council grader. This resulted to the police firing tear gas to disperse them, this soon spread across town and later to nearby towns like Bambili.

Elsewhere, in Mbengwi, the police and Gendarmes where deployed at the Divisional Delegation of Education to preempt any strike around the delegation, later in the day, truck load of troops were dispatched to Bambui to battle rampaging strickers.

Monday November 21st was set aside by various Anglophone teachers trade union for a sit down strike to protest against French interference and domination in Anglo-Saxon education , a follow up to the Lawyers’ strike since October 11 decrying similar interference and domination in the common law system.

By Abongwa Fozo

11 Responses to Teachers’ Strike Sparks Flames in Bamenda

  1. fru January 11, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    People are of different characters and habits . What ever any one does,its part of the resistance. Enough is enough. We need to be freed from the hand of La in any way be it dialog or force

  2. Marko Ironlady on Facebook November 25, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Amen

  3. RE DR FOBANG JOHN N (USA) November 23, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Yes enough is enough. He who is down dare fears no fall. Anglophone have already been pushed down. We have accepted this position  for so long. Please for those who are at home / in Cameroon  fighting for our rights, our hearts and prayers go out for yu. You are not alone. Be blessed.

  4. Musa Shudugam on Facebook November 22, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    This is not what the lawyers and teachers wanted, they actually said that they will stay at home but unfortunately,opportunist took to the street in order to destroy. Loathing is now the order of the day in B-man town. Is this then the equality you people want?
    What hurt me most is how the innocent francophones students were targeted. Very bad. They have never participated in any decision taking.
    It is by ballots not bullets and through dialogue.

  5. EDWIN DZEWOLA November 22, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    MASSA THIS THING DON TOO MUCH WE NEED MAN WHE HE FIT BRING OUR OWN WEAPONS MAKE WE SHOW FRENCH MAN SAY NO BE MATTER 4 PLAY SAY NA WAR BECAUSE 2 PEOPLE DON DIE 4 NOW OTHERS THEM STILL BE HOSPITAL

  6. Nji Bruno on Facebook November 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    The same fire will consume them and their families, they will not know peace for the rest of their lives

  7. Tume Vernyuy on Facebook November 22, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    MORE UP DATES FOTSO SABI SAY WE DAY FAR MAN. THANKS

  8. Eleanor Mankaa on Facebook November 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks

  9. Kenneth Njeba on Facebook November 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Fairly reported.

  10. Fominyen Ojongtecno on Facebook November 22, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Lies

  11. Ngalah Edward on Facebook November 22, 2016 at 11:58 am

    A very transparent report. Thsnks