Cameroon Anglophone Crisis: Government In Desperate Attempt For Schools To Resume

The Executive Secretary of Cameroon Teachers Trade Union,CATTU,Wilfred Tassang has confirmed that government is in a desperate attempt to forcefully get schools reopen Monday. He has also confirmed that huge sums of money have been given to traditional rulers. Tassang says it is rumored that PM Yang will be in Bamenda this Wednesday but that they have not been told.

According to Mr Tassang parents should hold tight their position and not send children to school he says ''Those who are against us are smaller than those who are with us''.

Anglophones say the country's French majority is disrespecting Article 3 of Cameroon's constitution which says the country is a bilingual and bicultural state.


Peace advocate Ndi Richard Tantoh, of the NGO Ecumenical Service for Peace, said the way forward is for the government to listen to the masses.

"Along the line Anglophones have articulated their problems and they have made suggestions and the possible scenarios for resolutions, but I have not seen that feedback coming from government. I have said several things about that problem and the need for the people to be heard so that we look for structural issues which can rehabilitate or which can solve this problem of linguistic legacy that we have in this country," said the advocate.

The violence has led to the closure of all schools and markets in English-speaking regions of Cameroon, with protesters and military having running battles.

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