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ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE’S AFRICAN TOUR : CAMEROON GOVERNMENT LABELS TIBOR NAGY AN IGNORANT

Cameroon government warns him to stay away from the Anglophone crisis and the imprisonment of Maurice Kamto and 200 of his sympathizers.

Paul Biya’s government warned the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of African Affairs, on March 5th, 2019, not to meddle into the domestic affairs of the Republic of Cameroon, a sovereign State which can use any exceptional rules it wants, the press release reads.

In an interview granted Radio France Internationale (RFI) on March 4th, Tibor P Nagy, Jr. dared to speak out what most Cameroonians claim.

He is treated with the same violence Cameroon government uses to suppress all critics and dissent.

“The Cameroonian government claims that [MRC President Maurice Kamto] was arrested and jailed for legitimate reasons. I really think it would be very wise to release him. Because, whether true or false, he is perceived to have been incarcerated for his political activities and that is unacceptable. He and his activists must be released and we will not hesitate to say it,” said Mr. Nagy.

The Assistant Secretary of State, who will visit a U.S. company and meet with civil society leaders during his Cameroon visit with no mention of any encounter with President Paul Biya in his schedule, said he will encourage “the Cameroonian authorities to be more serious in their management of the Anglophone crisis.”

Cameroon government’s Press Release, which you can read here, is a clearly arrogant, diplomatically violent message sent by President Paul Biya to the President of the United states, Donald Trump.

“The Government of Cameroon deeply regrets these comments, which not only indicate a lack of knowledge of the issues, realities and facts concerning the arrest of Mr. Kamto and many of his supporters, as well as the situation in the North-West and South-West regions, but also reveal a serious, barely veiled and inadmissible inclination to interfere in Cameroon’s domestic affairs,” states the press release signed by René Emmanuel Sadi, minister of communication and government spokesperson.

The press release adds that “Cameroon is a State governed by the rule of law” and reminds Mr. Nagy that the International human laws he alluded to “provide for exceptions when public order and peace are threatened,”

Cameroon has a sad history of the State using exception laws to quash all opposition and dissent.

In the 1960’s, the Federal Republic of Cameroon’s President Ahmadou Ahidjo, predecessor and hander of power to Paul Biya, used exception laws to label the militants of the opposition party, Union of populations of Cameroon (UPC), as “Communist maquis” his government and the French army wiped out with a genocide of over 400,000 Bamileke et Bassa tribes.

Cameroon has been using its 2014 anti-terror law as an exception law to silence critics and suppress dissent.

The Republic of Cameroon is used by Paul Biya and his government as a tool to terrorize any Cameroonian individuals, groups and populations who dare to criticize or revolt against their corrupt, tribalist, looter, desperado and gangster governance.

It all started with Paul Biya ordering his subjected Parliament to adopt an anti-terrorism law, an exception law that would treat any people’s revolt as terrorism to be dealt with militarily, in total violation of the Constitution and the International treaties on human rights.

Cameroon’s anti-terrorism Law 2014/028 was promulgated by Paul Biya on December 23th, 2014.

In 2015, Anglophone lawyers tapped on one of the main issues rotting the Republic of Cameroon, namely a very corrupt justice system that is subjected to President Biya and the Government, which they called the regime to be changed.

As a response, the Government ordered the army, especially its U.S.-trained Special Forces BIR, to violently quash their claims, demonstrations and revolt using law 2014/028 as a basis for persecution.

The Government army continued repression and massacre of peaceful Anglophone demonstrators and civilians in 2017, thus pushing them to the ultimate solution of armed resistance.

The Anglophone youth, the unemployed, farmers, bike riders, shop owners, and other civilians started using homemade muskets, machetes, knifes and anything they would find as arms to resist the Government’s armed forces that were terrorizing their populations.

Paul Biya’s regime used the same Law 2014/028 to suppress all public demonstrations in the Francophone part of Cameroon.

Pr Maurice Kamto’s party, Cameroon’s Renaissance Movement (MRC), dared to claim victory after the fraud-marred election of October 8, 2018.

MRC militants paraded in several towns’ streets on January 26th, 2019 after the Government has refused authorization of over 100 demonstration requests.

His sympathizers were brutalized, gazed, dirty water sprayed, and shot at with live bullets, and over 200 of them, including Kamto, were arrested and charged with hostility against the homeland, rebellion and destruction of public property, and most of all insurrection, which means terrorism according to Law 2014/028, punishable by death penalty.

The same exception law 2014/028 is used against the Anglophone revolted populations since 2016, with Biya government’s armed forces terrorizing civilian populations in what is become a civil war.

 

By Ndzana Seme, 03/06/2019, 12:39 PM

 

TIME LINE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON VS. ANGLOPHONES CONFLICT

 

2014

October

The people of Burkina Faso revolted and toppled dictator Blaise Compaoré and his regime.

November

The 15th, the Francophonie Summit was held on 29th and 30th in Dakar.

French President François Hollande, taking Burkina Faso as example, said he would from henceforth support the people revolting against tha African dictators who stick in power by changing Constitutions.

Back from Dakar, enraged President Paul Biya, who had earlier changed constitution to stay in power forever after he had commanded the massacre of 140 and imprisonment of thousands of revolted activists in February 2008, ordered the Parliament (set by himself through rigged-elections with a tiny SDF and MRC opposition minority) to adopt an anti-terrorism law; which they did.

December

Paul Biya signed the Law No. 2014/028 of 23 December 2014 on the suppression of acts of terrorism.

The article he insisted the law should include, after private meetings with his appointed Senate President Marcel Niat Njifenji, reads:

” SECTION 2: ACTS OF TERRORISM
Article 2

(1) Shall be punished with the death penalty, he who personally, in complicity or co-action, commits any act or threat likely to cause death, to endanger physical integrity, to cause bodily or material injury, damage to natural resources, to the environment or cultural heritage with the intention:

  1. (a) to intimidate the population, to provoke a situation of terror or to compel the victim, the government and / or a national or international organization, to perform or refrain from doing any act, adopting or renouncing a particular position or acting according to certain principles;
  2. b) to disrupt the normal functioning of public services, the provision of essential services to populations or to create a crisis situation among populations;
  3. c) to create a general insurrection in the country.”

Thus Law 2014/028 considers as terrorism punishable of death penalty anything individuals or the people may do to express their revolt against government.

2015

May

On May 9, the apolitical “All Anglophone Lawyers’ Conference” was held in Bamenda.

The convener Barristers Eta Bissong Jr said they “have nothing to do with the agenda of the Southern Cameroon’s National Council, SCNC,” which was banned by government.

The Conference condemned the “bias nature of law making in Cameroon,” demanded the restoration of the Common Law-inspired rules and practice and procedures, opposed and rejected the progressive replacement of Common Law, strongly condemned “the absence of independence of the country’s Judiciary and control of the Judiciary by the Executive with the resulting loss of the truly transparent, credible and independent system of administration of justice and its attendant unpredictability” and called for “an immediate review of the justice sector of the country with a view to rendering it more just, Functional, more credible, less corrupt, independent, dependable and reliable in the service of justice and a truly democratic society.”

2016

October

On October 6, 2016, lawyer and teacher trade unions in the Anglophone regions initiated a strike in the Northwest and Southwest regions.

Led by Barrister Agbor BallaFontem Neba, and Tassang Wilfred, they were protesting against the appointment of Francophone judges in the Anglophone regions.

They asked for several laws to be translated into English, and that the common law system should be taught at the University of Buea and the University of Bamenda.

The lawyers blamed the failure of government authorities to respond to their demands and appeals.

The Cameroonian government deployed security forces to crack down the protests.

Protesters and lawyers were attacked with tear gas and assaulted by soldiers.

November

On the 11/08/2016 the Conference launched protest marches in Bamenda in the Northwest and Buea/Limbe in the Southwest, calling for protection of the Anglophone system of law and education.

Throughout November 2016, thousands of teachers in the Anglophone regions joined the lawyers’ strike.

The protests in Bamenda, Buea and Limbe were met with a swift and forceful crack-down by government authorities.

The first day of protests in Bamenda saw a strong presence of police, gendarme and forces from the American-trained Special Forces of the Battalion of Rapid Intervention, BIR.

On the 10th November, there was presence of about a thousand armed police and army officers on the ground.

Security forces were placed at important intersections and venues of the cities.

Lawyers were hunted down from hotels and cars, intimidated and vandalized and in some cases were arrested and detained.

Some lawyers suffered from slight injuries; others reported their robes and wigs were being seized by security forces.

To worsen things, government representatives of the Northwest and Southwest regions took a decision to ban the Northwest Lawyers’ Association (NOWELA), Meme Lawyers Association (MELA) and a suspension of the activities of Fako Lawyers’.

All schools in the Anglophone regions were shut down.

Two weeks into the protests, more than 100 protesters had been arrested, and six were reported dead.

2017

January

The Cameroonian government set up a committee to initiate a dialogue with the lawyer activists.

The lawyers first refused to talk, demanding that all arrested activists be released before any dialogue.

The lawyers submitted a draft for a federal state, and the government responded by banning their movements altogether.

The Government now regarded the protesters advocating Federalism as insurrectionists and terrorists according to anti-terrorism law 2014/028, and more arrests followed.

The government also implemented an Internet blockade in cities across the Anglophone regions.

At this point, the crisis began to attract international responses.

More than 13,000 Anglophone Cameroonians living in Maryland protested against the Cameroonian government crackdown.

June

On June 27, United States Congressman Anthony G. Brown filed a petition with the United States Secretary of StateRex Tillerson, to call for the government of Cameroon to immediately show concern and solve the ongoing crises.

The United States condemned the loss of life and brutality against Anglophone protesters.

September

The government crackdown on the protests contributed to mainstream separatist movements.

Ambazonian separatists, claiming independence of the former British Southern Cameroons, began to take up arms against the Republic of Cameroon’s clearly terrorist army and government, first to resist and protect their populations, and later to wage guerilla warfare.

The Ambazonian Defense Force (ADF) began its guerilla campaign in Manyu and Mezam, and throughout 2017 it clashed with the army 13 times.

By the end of the year, separatist militias were active in five divisions.

On the 22th, Anglophone populations from all towns and villages of the North-West and South-West provinces poured into the streets with leaves and branches in hands, as a sign of peaceful demonstration, to protest against bloody military violence and claim their separation from the Republic of Cameroon.

About eight people were reportedly killed, with photos circulating in social media.
That Friday, President Paul Biya, who had been in power for 35 years, was addressing the UN General Assembly in New York, and thousands of Anglophone protesters rallied for independence at the UN headquarters.

October

Anglophone Cameroonians declared independence from Francophone Cameroon on Sunday, October 1.

Peaceful marches took place on the streets of the English-speaking regions; the protests occurred in several towns: Buea, Bamenda, Kumba, Kumbo, and Mamfe.

Protesters carried leaves to symbolize freedom and sang songs as they celebrated their independence.

The government responded by deploying fully armed soldiers to Anglophone regions.

On October 2, Amnesty International reported that at least 17 people were killed in a military confrontation.

November

As he returned from Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire where he attended the 5th Africa Union-European Union Summit on November 30th, President Paul Biya said to press at the Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport :

” I think that things are becoming clearer to everyone now that Cameroon is victim to repeated terrorist attacks from a secessionist group. In the face of such repeated aggression, I’ll like to assure Cameroonians that measures have been taken to eliminate these criminals and bring back peace throughout the national territory.”

Since then, Paul Biya ordered full war against the Anglophone minority.

His army, in particular the BIR unit, have been indiscriminately killing unarmed civilians, including women, children and the elderly who are unable to run every time they appear in a village or town and shoot at anything that moves and at random, looting and burnings houses and properties, and sending hundreds of thousands to live in bushes, as internally displaced and in Nigerian refugee camps.

December

On December 4, the Cameroonian government officially declared war on “these terrorists who seek secession”, referring to the ADF.

Between December 18–23, Cameroonian troops destroyed dozens of houses and killed, beat and arrested several civilians in Kembong and Babong, Manyu Department, in retaliation for the killing of security forces

2018

Throughout 2018, the conflict spread to new parts of Southern Cameroons and intensified in terms of violence.

By October, the ADF alone had clashed with the army 83 times.

Separatist militias were now active in 12 divisions, and carried out more lethal attacks than the previous year.

According to an International Crisis Group analyst, as of October no side was winning, with the army being unable to defeat the separatists, while the separatists were not militarily strong enough to expel the army.

2019

Civil war keeps going in the separatist, Anglophone South-West and North-West provinces with no win for either side, except growing numbers of civilian casualties and property destructions.

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