Cameroon forces kill pro-English protesters

cameroon-forcesFrom ROSY SADOU in Yaoundé, Cameroon
YAOUNDE, (CAJ News) – PROTESTS over the marginalisation of the minority English-speaking regions in Cameroon have led to the death of several
protesters.
Security forces have responded with aggression.
The protests have been held in Bamenda, northwest of largely French-speaking Central African country.
Rights groups said security forces fired live rounds and teargas in reaction to people throwing stones.
Lawyers, students and teachers have been on strike for weeks, in opposition to what they view as the marginalisation of the Anglophone
minority.
In the past month, security forces have arbitrarily arrested over 100 peaceful protesters and have used excessive force to disperse gatherings
in Bamenda and Buea.
Police have put the death toll at four.
Amnesty International called on government to investigate.
“Those reasonably suspected of criminal responsibility for these deaths must be brought to justice,” said Ilaria Allegrozzi of Amnesty
International Central Africa.
In Cameroon, 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 and rarely makes statements in English.
Despite English and French equal under the constitution, official documents are in French before English translations are sought.
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