MRC: crossed the red line

Saturday, January 26, 2019, a coalition around Maurice Kamto’s party decided to go on the street without authorisation, an action forbidden by the divisional authority. The forces of law and order were put into action, to prohibit this rebellion which led to the wounded of four participants amongst whom were, Djamen Celestin, and barrister Ndoki Micheline, both members of the Renaissance Movement party of Cameroon. This march continued with the obliteration of the Cameroon Embassy in Paris and other attempts in London and Washington that failed.

Barely two hundred demonstrators who decided to brave the prohibition of strikes imposed by the competent administrative authorities especially as the motive of this so-called “white” march was intended to denounce the electoral holdup that according to Maurice Kamto, was undertaken by the candidate Paul Biya. The scenario of this film of a very bad occurrence begins to reach intolerable and to some extend unconstitutional limits. Just after some clashes with law enforcement officers, like a blast of gunpowder in the air, the demonstration went viral as hooligans raided the walls of the Embassy of Cameroon in France, located at the door of Auteuil.

Leaving the offices ransacked, passports and operating funds taken away.

It should be noted that a few days earlier, on January 22, 2019, the Cameroonian Embassy in France informed the French authorities that the “Anti-Sadine Brigade”, which is an operational outgrowth of the MRC party, was about to commit hostile acts in front of the Embassy and would be grateful if they would take appropriate measures to prevent such events.

The fact remains that the police intervention took place 2 hours after the beginning of the hostilities, thus allowing the embassy services to be jeopardised. There by creating a diplomatic scandal, especially as we all know that the security of embassies is the responsibility of the security services of the host country. Several voices rose to condemn the softness of the French security services.

Another scene which tends to denigrate the image of Cameroon. Whatever the prism of reading these incidents coordinated, it is undoubtedly established that the MRC has an entire share of responsibility, despite the innocence that Maurice Kamto agitates, following the firm condemnation of the Cameroonian government.

However, this calls for questioning, as to how long will the government of Cameroon remain indulgent to satisfy an international opinion eager for its downfall? The International radio RFI is trying to white washed what happened by saying that the reaction of the forces of law and order was disproportionate in respect to the threat and while neglecting the Paris incident which could lead to a tension in diplomatic relations between the two country. Whether on the level of the law, or the demonstration of democracy on the political level, Maurice Kamto begins to believe that anything goes, and in terms of alternation, he proposes only methods of thugs, sprinkled with tribalistic ideologies that begin to pour out of the cup.

The majority of Cameroonians are tired and begin to believe that the time has come to stop this paranoid megalomaniac. Serious decisions may be made by the government, as for Western protest, they are rare … Yet the opposite event would have caused a small earthquake.

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