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Situation Report: The March 23rd Special Ghost Towns in Southern Cameroons



Following the fact that court sessions of the pioneer Anglophone Civil Society Consortium’s leaders: Barrister Agbor Balla, Dr Fontem Niba and Mancho Bibixy were scheduled today the 23rd of March 2017 in Yaounde, a special Ghost Town Operation across Southern Cameroons was declared by the interim leaders of Consortium. This was a means to showcase solidarity and unity to the Consortium’s leaders in detention.

Mark Bareta, one of Consortium’s interim leaders on a facebook post made public a situation report on Ghost Towns across Southern Cameroons. He writes:

“I can now confirm that the ghost town in Bamenda is 1000 percent super. We are told even private cars are afraid to move out. It is also good to mention that interestingly ghost towns in villages in both Southern and Northern zones in Southern Cameroons are super. Reports say the struggle has eaten deep into all spheres that make up the Southern Cameroons societal strata…” He added that, confirmed reports indicated that in Buea, Tiko, Mutengene, Mamfe, Ekona, Muyuka and Kumba, among other areas in the Southwestern Region, there are ghost towns. Shops are closed, places are quiet apart of few taxis working in Buea and Tiko.

However, BaretaNews gathered that in Limbe (Victoria ) ghost town was not that effective though schools are still closed, businesses, taxis, and other activities went on smoothly today. In this line, Mark Bareta noted that the city of Limbe has been the biggest betrayal in the Southern Cameroons struggle. Adding that the people of Victoria have deliberately decided to ignore ghost towns. He thus called on the people of Limbe to join the struggle by respecting all nonviolent demonstrations as stipulated by the Consortium.

It should be reiterated that the Consortium also declared ghost towns in Southern Cameroons tomorrow Friday, March 24th 2017 following the anniversary celebration of the Cameroons Peoples Democratic Movement (CPDM).

Furthermore, earlier today Senator Mbella Moki Charles was frank over CRTV, where he reminded the world that schools in Southern Cameroons remained closed.

Stay tuned with BaretaNews.

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