Cameroon: Common Law Lawyers Storm the Premises Of Bamenda Court

Common Law Lawyers in the North West Regional Capitol of Bamenda have stormed the city's court premises today demanding for their voices to be heard.Cameroon's Concord reporter on the scene says there is a heavy security force in and around the court building.The lawyers say they are occupying the courts  in a show of physical protest. The lawyers are also requesting for an Anglophone Supreme Court, and they also want French Magistrates to be withdrawn from anglophone courts.


Meanwhile,Cameroon's chief opposition party. the Social Democratic Front (SDF) has endorsed the long strike carried out by the anglophone lawyers. This strike that has paralysed the courts in the South West and North West Regions of Cameroon for close to one month, was one of the topics on the agenda of SDF's National Executive Committee(NEC) meeting that took place in Bamenda last weekend.Some militants of the SDF party who are lawyers and but not members of NEC were invited to attend the NEC meeting so they could better explain the details of their problem. This strike that started on Oct. 11 has taken a different turn and has gained more grounds with supports coming from local and international sympathisers. NEC encouraged the strike action, and called on the striking lawyers to continue their action until President Biya resolves their problem.

SDF's encouragement to the lawyers is coming at a time when the Anglophone teachers and Lecturers trade Union have announced the shutdown of all schools in Anglophone Cameroon.
Meanwhile this morning, hungry looking armed military men of La Republique stormed Mutengene to disrupt the Fako Lawyers Association meeting, but they failed as the lawyers defiled them, held their meeting and left.


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