Ambazonia’s Independence Anniversary: The Revolutionary Momentum is Still High Even in Pains
On October 1, 2018, the people of Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia, through activities to celebrate the restoration of their independence, once again demonstrated their strong determination to a totally free homeland.
It’s October 1, 2018, our 57th anniversary.
Happy #IndependenceDay to all #SouthernCameroonians #Ambazonians Home/Abroad. We dedicate celebrations of this year to fallen braved men/women who lost their lives while fighting for our liberation. pic.twitter.com/QPlFLwv3aK
— Dr Asong (@AsongDr) October 1, 2018
Despite colonial curfews imposed by the colonialists restricting movements and the call by the Interim Government of Ambazonia for indoors celebrations, the people still came out in a number of communities to tell the world that gone are the days of colonial intimidation. They have conquered fear and are not afraid to die like revolutionary heroes than to be slaughtered and burned in their homes like chickens.
We continue to receive thousands of pictures & hundreds of videos of how our people in #SouthernCameroons #Ambazonia braved it and celebrated #HappyIndependencedaynation55 with pomp and pageantry. Cultural dances in #Kom in the Northern zone & now #Lebialem festivities pic.twitter.com/gjheo0sO5h
— Fed Rep of Ambazonia (@GovAmba) October 2, 2018
While majority of the people particularly in the homeland stayed indoors and ghosted their communities, some in communities in the Northern zone such as Bello and Fundong in Boyo County, Bafut and Santa in Mezam, Weh and Esu in Menchum, Momo among others came out to joyously celebrate under the watch and supervision of various commanders of restoration forces.
Yes, Our #Independence is Real who ever likes can deny or not recognise it but we know who we are and are free from our oppressors not again . Celebration going on now everywhere . #SouthernCameroonians #SouthernCameroon #AmbazoniaIndependence #NomoreAslave @LeahHardingAJE @UN pic.twitter.com/habr8SP0CK
— AMBAZONIA4LIFE (@AMBAZONIA4) October 1, 2018
In the Southern Zone, Ambazonians in some communities in Lebialem County, Mbonge in Meme and Muyuka in Fako came out to tell the world that Southern Cameroons is a free land. This they demonstrated this in songs and dance, chanting the Ambazonian national hymn and hoisting flags in their various localities. The Southern Cameroons refugee community in Nigeria were not left out in the celebrations, as the people danced and sang to the tunes of independence.
Despite the hardships and sufferings, the pain and agony, "Republic of Ambazonia Refugees in Adagom Ogoja, Cross River State Nigeria, still muscle up the courage to celebrate their Independence Day, 1st October 2018"#NeverGiveUp ✊ pic.twitter.com/JrLcKcbJNT
— afu nixon ngoh (@ngohnix2004) October 1, 2018
While some communities celebrated freely, others witnessed clashes between Ambazonian restoration forces and the colonial forces who came to disrupt celebrations. Attempts by the people of Kumbo to come out for celebration were interrupted by clashes between restoration forces and terrorist forces from French Cameroon. There were reports of an all-night and early morning gun duel in Buea, the Federal Capital between the two forces. Fighting was also reported in Ekona, Kumba, Bambui and Bafut.
The world’s major powers are still ignoring Cameroon’s spiraling Anglophone crisis https://t.co/3GG3OQ1R8Z #Cameroon #SouthernCameroons #Ambazonia #BiyaRegime #BIR #AnglophoneCrisis #humanwrongs #impunity
— Mark T Jones (@MarkTJones500) September 30, 2018
The day couldn’t have ended without the terrorist forces committing their usual atrocities. While they are reported to have invaded homes in Bafut and Kumbo searching for young Ambazonians for execution, those in Buea were on rampage in Mamu village completely razing down homes and properties, including the Chief’s palace. A grand mother who could not escape from the rampaging soldiers was burned into ashes. A young man known as Henry and said to be in his early 30s was also shot in the chin by terrorist forces and he later died at the regional hospital Buea.
#Ambazonia independence day is global. Cameroonians in London are outside Downing St protesting against what they call a 'genocide' in #SouthernCameroon. Protesters include Ambazonia activists and 'West Cameroon Movement for Change'. Video courtesy @KSNewuh #AJNewsGrid pic.twitter.com/pE6ng7CVFj
— Leah Harding (@LeahHardingAJE) October 1, 2018
The people of Southern Cameroons especially in the homeland have and continue to sent a clear message to the colonial Yaoundé regime and the international community; – Ambazonia is free and there is no going back. No matter the continuous extra judicial killing of innocent civilians and the destruction being caused by the colonial terrorists, the people are saying that these atrocities cannot break their resolve for a free homeland Ambazonia. French Cameroun, through these genocidal activities is only increasing the amount of reparation they must pay to the people of Ambazonia after the war.
James Agbor, BaretaNews Political Analyst