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    October 1 2018: How separatists celebrated “Independence” Day

    Major towns in the English speaking regions of Cameroon were in total lock down early Monday October 1 2018, as separatists prepared to celebrate the one-year anniversary of a symbolic “independence”.

    A 48-hour curfew was imposed on English-speaking towns in the regions in a bid to prevent the anniversary celebration, and the people were scared of stepping out of their houses for fear of reliving the events of October 1 2017, which claimed the lives of many.

    Shops and bars were closed, meetings of more than four people banned and urban transport suspended.

    However this did not prevent the one-year anniversary celebration in some parts of the North West region.

    In the localities of Guzang (Batibo), Boyo and Belo, Separatists marched in large numbers in public to express their support for an independent Republic of Ambazonia.

    The Ambazonia flag was also hoisted in these localities.
    Separatists brandished placards calling on the UN, AU and US President Donald Trump to come to the rescued of Ambazonia.
    Gun shots were reported in some towns across the regions, which have been at the heart of the crisis.

    What happened on October 1, 2017?

    On October 1, 2017 at least 40 pro-Anglophone protesters were killed by police according to analysts at the International Crisis Group (ICG) think-tank which said that “tens of thousands of demonstrators” took to the streets.
    The worst-affected towns Buea, and Bamenda the capital of the northwest region were flooded with security forces who arrested dozens of suspects following a symbolic “independence” declaration.

    “The army killed lots of people on October 1. For nearly two weeks they shot at people like they were birds,” said the bishop of Buea, Emmanuel Bushu, at the time.

    The flag of the self-styled Republic of Ambazonia replaced the Cameroonian colours in a number of villages in the Anglophone region with separatist fighters vowing to make the switch permanent.

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