Cameroon protests over French domination over English!

cameroonFrom ROSY SADOU in Yaoundé, Cameroon
YAOUNDE, (CAJ News) CAMEROON has been urged to protect and defend human rights and fundamental freedoms after violent protests over the domination of the French language.

English-speaking youth started the demonstrations that have degenerated into loss of life, injuries and damage in Bamenda and Buea, the respective capitals of Cameroon’s Northwestern and Southwestern regions.

Alleged neglect of the mostly speaking regions sparked the protests as demonstrators mounted barricades and burned tyres along streets, forcing a reaction with live bullets and teargas by police.

At least one person has been killed at the former French colony.

The central African country’s government, education, and legal systems are dominated by the larger French-speaking region, which accounts for 80 percent of the 23 million population.

President Paul Biya, in power since 1982 has been accused of indifference. He rarely makes statements in English.

Despite English and French equal under the constitution, official documents are in French before English translations are sought.

The United States called on all parties to exercise restraint and refrain from further violence.
CAJ News

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