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Southern Cameroons October 1st Massacre: Cohabitation Is Done





October 1st Massacre in Southern Cameroons: Cohabitation is over

If you are a true Southern Cameroonian who still think we can continue cohabiting with the evil and cursed La Republic du Cameroon in a decentralized state, then it is time you better just become one of their citizens and forget about Southern Cameroons. If you are a true Southern Cameroonian (whether in government or not, highly placed or not) who has been sitting on the fence all through the one year of this crisis, then it is time to define yourself and let us know where you stand now or never. If you are a Southern Cameroonian who believes in a return to the post 1961 federal structure, then align your energy for this struggle with the nationalists for now because you will loss nothing in a restored state of Southern Cameroons. If you are a Southern Cameroonian at home or in the diaspora who has been completely against this struggle (upholding the status quo), then, the time has come for you to oppose it from the background and not come to the public because you may become an enemy of the people for life (though you have the right to your opinion). The time has come for the people of Southern Cameroons to know our enemies and our friends. Its either you are with the people or you are against the people. There is no middle ground position. The time for liberal debates is over. Now is the time for extreme positions in this crisis. Its either you are with Paul Biya and Isa Tchiroma or you are with the majority people of Southern Cameroons.

I have taken time to outline the above cations as an eye witness to what took place in Southern Cameroons on October 1st 2017 and beyond. It is a very bitter and choking experience for the people to swallow. There is no middle ground solution that can calm the angry nerves. You may say it had happened elsewhere before and the people reconciled and continued living together. But, I must say that their cases were different from our case. If you consider what we are fighting for, how we started one year ago, and you were on ground on October 1st, then you’ll better understand what I am talking about.

Barrister Enow Riddley, Engineer Benjamin Amin and Mr. Ngu Terence (L-R) shot and killed by military forces in Kumba and Ikiliwindi(Ngu)

Before then, LRC’s Minister of Communications had boasted in one of his propaganda conferences that they will shed blood to prevent Cameroun from separating (if only Cameroun has been one Country according to UN resolutions). The Colonial governor of Buea had described Southern Cameroonians as dogs that must be chained at home or they come out on the streets and be killed. That if the people took them by surprise and protested peacefully on the 22nd September, they were prepared for them on the 1st of October. Their surrogates like Jean Jack Zeh, of Vision 4 television, Nadine Njoya of UNHCR and others had called for the total and complete elimination of the separatist generation in the Cameroons. Their Southern Cameroons slave boy, the nincompoop Ekema Patrick had boasted to visitors at his home and on his Facebook page that, if he had the opportunity of shooting more protesters on the 22nd, he would have done so and anybody that rises on October 1st shall fall by force as there shall be no negotiations. So the Massacres were not mistaken acts. They were premeditated with well spelled out instructions in security meetings at the various levels.

It was supposed to be the independence day of Southern Cameroons. The people were celebrating the restoration of their statehood which is legally binding in international law. Though they had been denied their freedom to worship that Sunday morning by sending back Christians home and shooting teargas into churches that dared to hold church services, the people were determined to celebrate their independence day. They came out in their thousands, matching with peace plants and green branches. They had their placards with bold inscriptions; “No violence, we come in peace”. They were symbolically celebrating their freedoms which have been stifled for 56 years in an unconsummated union. They just wanted the UN and the international community to see that they were serious over what they did on the 22nd September and that they are on their way out of the illegal union with the Republic of Cameroon and rightfully so too. They came out in their numbers to celebrate with assurances from the warnings of the UNSG to La Republic du Cameroon that there should be no shootings.

Despite all these warnings and assurances, our people were still visited with heavy and iron fist violence, whether they were on the streets celebrating or not. As if the colonial forces were fighting Boko Haram terrorists, they bumped teargas into the homes of citizens to force them out of their homes and then rain down life bullets from a patrolling helicopter as the people scamper for safety. Those who could not run out of their homes died of teargas suffocation. The fortunate ones ran into the bushes, while the unfortunate ones were caught by flying bullets. At the Buea Regional Hospital, nurses are said to have been working and crying.

Some of the massacre in Southern Cameroons, girl could seen taken by stray bullet in Kumbo

The colonial forces break into homes, got families beaten with battens and guns and took away the healthy boys and girls. They pulled boys and girls on the floor, naked them, parked both naked boys and girls in one vehicles and continued beating them with battens as they carried them away. They seized the motor bikes of young men (whether they were celebrated independence day or not), burned the bikes, got the boys well beaten, robbed them in the mud and either took them away or put a corrosive and painful substance into their eyes and allowed them to painfully find their way. Some of the inhuman forces descended into private homes, pulled down satellite dishes, seized decoders and destroyed them in front of the families, all in an attempt to dissuade them from watching SCBC tv.

While all these mayhem, bloodletting and atrocities were and are still on going, Southern Cameroons so called elite were (are) quiet. Those of the BLOOD SUCKING AND DIAPER WAERING CPDM party were in Yaoundé, Douala and Bafoussam, dancing and celebrating a so called reunification with the enemy, begging for peace, begging for unity and begging for a certain one and indivisible Cameroon. Some were busy calling Aljazeera and other foreign media houses telling them how Cameroun is one and indivisible according to the 1999 Constitution. Some Southern Cameroonians in top commanding positions of the La Republic’s military especially those that hail from Bali Nyongha and Bafut authorized the raiding of the homes of their own people, got families beaten and abducted young men, with the approbation of the paramount rulers. As I write, young men in these places who were lucky to escape now sleep in the bushes. Their crime is that, as a PEOPLE, recognized by International Law still under colonial occupation, they want to be free from recolonization, subjugation and repression.

As I write, communication is difficult as internet connection in Southern Cameroons has for the second time in one year been blocked for four days now. Those arrested are presently in unidentified places. The number of the wounded is unknown and that of the death is rising. Curfews have been intensified. From Douala to Victoria and from Mutengene to Albert Mukong Avenue and to Kumba, military bases have been set up by the colonial forces, with constant harassment of vehicle owners and citizens. From Kumba to Mamfe and from the Ekok boarder with Nigeria to Bamenda, the military harassments are the same. Every vehicle is thoroughly checked. Citizens without ID cards and those with expired ID cards are automatically carried away to unknown destinations.

Found on Wednesday 4th October after gun shots

This is the atmosphere in which a free people now live. A people with their own history and cultural identity, completely different from that of La Republic du Cameroun. Their only crime is that they found themselves in colonial slavery and have dared to free themselves. Who shall save the people? Where are the Ambazonian Defense Forces? Where is the Department of Defense of the Governing Council? and where is the UN that has the power to protect the people and had warned La Republic not to shoot any Southern Cameroonian citizen?. As the people nursed their wounds and bury their dead ones, one thing is clear in their minds. The battle line has been drawn. There is no going back to Egypt. Our case is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from that of the Catalans, it is different from that of Biafra. It is a CASE OF DECOLONIZATION. The Independence Restoration Process has officially began and cannot be truncated by any form of brutality and genocide. For those Southern Cameroons elite dogs and their children who have chosen to betray their own people and sell their consciences to the oppressor or sit at the fence, you will need to choose between your ancestral home or to be a citizen of La Republic and remain in Douala or Yaounde. For I can assure you that your people are waiting for you home with all fury.

To the enemy, the slave master and the occupier, you have lost control of your colony and your slaves and there is nothing you can do again. Southern Cameroons is free and gone. It’s just a matter of weeks and months and you will completely park out of the land. The greatest blood shed shall be seen on your own land and on your own people. You shall all feel the fury of GOD. The people have resisted you peacefully for a year now and it is not your brutality that will force them to abandon all what they have been fighting for this one year. It’s not by their own strength, it’s by DIVINE ENABLEMENT. Those who still doubt and throw blames and tantrums at the people, you better shut-up now and throw all your blames when you see that the battle is officially over and the people are still in bondage.

Southern Cameroons Ambazonia has been declared free from colonial La Republic and the people shall defend it to the end.

James Arrey

BaretaNews Political News Analyst.

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