Cameroon: After the Catholic Church, Amnesty condemns use of “excessive” force against protesters in Bamenda

Protesters in Kumba

In a statement released last weekend, Amnesty International  condemned the use of “excessive” force against protesters in Bamenda, the regional capital of North -West, where   two people were killed last week,according to the Cameroonian government,figures which have been widely disputed world wide as press report confirms a higher toll.

After the Catholic church condemned the brutal police repression against peaceful demonstrators and unarmed, the NGO specializing in the defense of human rights, denounced the use, “abusive” of force in the English-speaking part from the country has also added it’s voice understands that the NGO wants to know what happened during this repression, “the Cameroon authorities must shed light on the circumstances of the killings and injuries immediately conducting thorough, impartial and effective investigation .

Those who are suspected of criminal responsibility for these deaths must be brought to justice “, said Ilaria Allegrozzi, researcher at Amnesty International for Central Africa.

“Responding to violence with violence risk inflaming an already tense situation and endanger lives,” she will continue. recalls that on December 8, individuals protesting against the holding of the ruling party CPDM’s meeting in Bamenda,  were violently suppressed by security forces.

According to the government, two people were killed. Eight members of the security forces (4 gendarmes and policemen 4) were injured. While a young woman was also injured and partially burned.

Community sources and eyewitnesses had reported four dead and over twenty injured.

Material damage say , nine vehicles including those of the Legion Commander of Gendarmerie, the Commander of the BRIM (Motorized Battalion Infantry Fast), the Sub-Prefect of Bamenda third, of the Cameroon Water, the CAMPOST, special rapid response teams of police, ESIR, the National Gendarmerie, as well as two private vehicles were destroyed or burned.

Also,Numerous shops and other urban kiosks, two public buildings including the Commissioner of Police of the 3rd District and several pavilions of the Bamenda Regional Hospital, were looted, vandalized or destroyed.

The protesters had raised in certain junctions and on public buildings vandalized, the flags of the secessionist movement baptized, Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC).
By Elad Pride

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