The demonstrators say “NO” to the massacres of the populations.
Several local elected officials from Bamenda, in the North West region, took part in a citizens’ march organized in the streets of the city on July 20. On the first shots, we see them, dressed in black with stems of the “tree of peace”. They also carried wreaths in memory of those murdered on April 16 in Nacho Junction.
Obviously, it is this new massacre that is at the origin of this march in which many young people from the city also took part. All wanted to protest against the violence, which continues to cause death in the city of Bamenda. On some placards, one could read: “Stop these killings, Bamenda is crying”. A message no doubt addressed to the armed gangs who sow terror in the city.
For many analysts, it is difficult to establish the paternity of these recent killings. Father Ludovic Lado, in an interview published on the Vatican News website, speaks of “a nebula of groups that often even have nothing to do with the initial cause of claiming the rights to a certain self-determination. There was a savagery of the crisis which meant that groups of bandits, who were just waiting for this disorder to deploy, infested the places and made life complicated for the populations”.
As a reminder, more than 6,000 people have been killed in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon since conflict erupted in 2017 after protests were violently suppressed.