Friday, March 6, 2020

Arrested since 4th March André Blaise Essama, thrown in New-Bell prison

The activist was arrested on March 4 in Douala and detained in New-Bell prison in unfortunate conditions.

Already more than two days since activist André Blaise Essama was held captive at New-Bell central prison, in Douala. While he did not appear violent, the latter was forcibly dragged to this penitentiary on Wednesday by elements of the police. 

He is detained in very poor conditions. The cell is a room, the mattresses are small and room; unsanitary conditions added to the particularly foul-smelling air the inmate breathes. Blaise Essama is serene in a situation where he is downright unjustly charged, if not arrested without a minimum of consideration for his dignity as a man and the laws which govern the functioning of Cameroonian society. He is suspected of having beheaded the statue of General Leclerc erected at the Place du Gouvernement located in the administrative district of Douala. 

If convicted, André Blaise Essama will serve his third prison sentence at New-Bell. He had already been sent there in 2016 (6 months in prison for degrading the same Leclerc monument). In 2015, he was sentenced to 3 months in prison for dropping the "statue of the unknown soldier", representing a man of the Western type.

If convicted, André Blaise Essama will serve his 4th prison sentence at New-Bell. He had already been sent there in 2016 (6 months in prison for degrading the same Leclerc monument). 

In 2015, he was sentenced to 3 months in prison for dropping the "statue of the unknown soldier", representing a man of the Western type. Let us recall that the activist claims the erection of monuments to the glory of Cameroonian heroes in place of those who were erected in memory of symbols or non-Cameroonian personalities like that of Philippe de Hautecloque aka General Leclerc.