The Minister of Communication Issa Tchiroma Bakary has said in a press conference which he chaired yesterday that, the information which the International Crisis Group have in the reports which they published about the upheavals in the Southern Cameroons is false.
This organisation revealed that government is the sole cause of this crisis and they should take full responsibility. It irked Tchiroma so much that he tried everything possible to prove them wrong. He said that this organisation has never gone to the field to really see what the Northwest and Southwest are going through.
The NGO said the government’s crackdown on the anglophone minority had failed and had only served to fuel a clamour for independence.
The report states that in the face of mounting protests in the run-up to the declaration of independence by activists, the security forces “responded with disproportionate force, leading to at least 40 deaths and over 100 injured protesters between September 28 and 2 October,”. t
It pointed to the use of live rounds and excessive use of teargas. “Due to such murderous repression, secessionist ranks are growing by the day, and some are more firmly evoking the idea of an armed struggle or ‘self defence’,” it said.