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Bamenda Demonstrations: Normal Life Returns in Town

Bamenda - It was business as usual over the weekend after the Friday, September 22, 2017 demonstrations. Issues of governance were central ...

Bamenda - It was business as usual over the weekend after the Friday, September 22, 2017 demonstrations. Issues of governance were central in peaceful protests that took some persons to the streets of Bamenda.  

The day was early to break for the protesters who defied ordinances by the North West and Mezam administrations, prohibiting public manifestations.

The Bamenda Regional Hospital Roundabout, T. junction and Foncha Street Junction were take-off points for the people that soon stormed the streets in different directions. 

They moved to the palaces of Nkwen and Mankon and attempts to move towards the administrative area of Up Station were frustrated by the forces of law and Order . 

Carrying peace plants and chanting songs, the protesters featured placards with various messages. They raised concerns about living together in a Union which they claim is built on falsehood. 
Bamenda Demonstration now Over 

Taxis and Commercial motorcycles on regular business activities were quick to retreat from the streets while shops remained shut the whole day. Security forces conspicuous at major junctions conducted themselves in a manner appreciated by all for professionalism. 

The whistle blowing protesters spent a good part of the day on the streets. The protests came on the heels of an explosion following the detonation of an improvised devise at the gateway into the Bamenda Regional hospital on September 21, 2017. 

Three policemen on duty suffered serious injuries from the explosion. 

The protests announced for September 22 were not to help matters and it was against this backdrop that North West Governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique. Meanwhile, in another Decision, the Mezam SDO, Songa René Pierre prohibited the movement of persons from 10 pm to 5 am up to October 3, 2017.

North West Governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique in an interview culled from CRTV.

"Calm has returned to the North West region and normal activities are on course after last Friday's social upheavals by some people who stirred disorder. 

On behalf of the government we condemn the incidents during which some casualties were registered with some Forces of Law and Order suffering injuries while some lost their property. In Batibo some school children were threatened and their property burnt and some looting took place. 

Some vandals also went to the Regional hospital and threatened a police officer on duty. It was reported to me that a corpse was taken to the Regional hospital on that day but we are still investigating the circumstances. We have set up an inquiry Commission to investigate the situation following the upheavals. 

Before the demonstrations, administrative and Security measures were taken to prevent any disturbances of public order but despite some people, largely in the minority marched in the towns and villages of the region resulting in some acts of vandalism, looting and burning. 

Those on the streets were asking for freedom and the release of some people remanded in custody. I think you cannot be talking of freedom while behaving as agents of disorder characterized by acts of anarchy. 

That cannot be condoned and the Forces of Law and Order worked in a very professional way to maintain public order. - Online Sources

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