Friday, September 21, 2018

Presidential 2018: Secessionists pose a heavy threat on October 1st


Some 400 civilians killed by security forces and English-speaking separatists in Cameroon this year, says Amnesty International in a statement issued yesterday, Tuesday, 18 September. The human rights organization also notes that more than 160 members of the security forces have fallen victim to separatists since the beginning of the crisis two years ago.

The British human rights organization says it is feared an outbreak of violence in the run-up to elections scheduled for October, when it has just authenticated two new videos showing violence this time by separatists on a member police forces.

October 1 Anniversary Date and October 7 Election

"These different attacks make us think that the lives of many other citizens are in danger," says Samira Daoud, Amnesty's Deputy West Africa Director.

According to her, the prospect of October 1, "somewhat symbolic date for the separatists" [October 1, 1961 is born the Federal Republic of Cameroon reunification of French Cameroon and Southern British Cameroons], and the presidential election of October 7 incite parties in the presence of the overbid. "... There is a real desire to do a showdown, I think, on the part of the separatists. And probably also security forces want to restore order, and therefore, the violence takes a turn a little disturbing. "


Source: rfi.fr