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I challenge all SCNC activists to use their website for SCNC discussions. They have a website that has been inactive for I do not know how long. Yet they come and scramble here with hoodlums for a space where insults are traded and nothing constructive comes out. Do you know that by just visiting your website, some skeptics can stumble on some information that will change their views for ever? Check it out here:
Ma Mary, I beg to differ here. Once we have a restoration Government as an umbrella organization, no other lateral bodies should initiate actions "in collaboration" with the government. Any other bodies should be executing the program of the government under its direction. I really think we should stop this confusion in the minds of Southern Cameroonians. Let us send the message once and for all so everybody should know who is in control.
I wonder how informed the international Human Rights organization are about this situation. In the 21st century, the international community should not stand by quietly to see jungle justice practiced in any part of the world. That is what fuels sentiments and terrorism. The ostrich behavior of the international community which stands by and waits until thousands of innocent people are massacred before they think of intervening should be corrected. I think Kofi Annan learned from his mistakes in Rwanda and decided to jump into Kenya even before the feet-dragging UNO of Ban Ki Moun stepped in. In this case, even that intervention can be considered as too "little too late".
I will like to know what Simplice and The United States of Africa and the other one Cameroon make of this declaration. Cane Southern Cameroonians feel safe and secure in LR du Cameroon? True Southern Cameroonians should join the reflection on the most appropriate exi.
You will be happy to know that the Economist has provided some coverage of Cameroon's situation.... text of article copied below: Another president who won't go Feb 28th 2008 | DOUALA From The Economist print edition Many Cameroonians are angry because their president refuses to retire THE MAN who has presided over Cameroon for 25 years touts a simple slogan: “Paul Biya for peace”. But it no longer rings true. On February 24th and 25th, in Douala, Cameroon's commercial capital on the Atlantic coast, protesters lit fires on the streets, shooting broke out, and looters ran amok. Taxi drivers went on strike and many other people stopped work too. Shops and petrol stations were ransacked, cars burnt. Black clouds of smoke and the noise of gunfire enveloped the residential area along the main road out of Douala towards the capital, Yaoundé, where police later tear-gassed stone-throwing youths who had set up burning barricades. The reason for the mayhem was the president's heavy hint, in an end-of-the-year address, that he might stay on for a third term of another seven years; the present constitution, which came into force in 1996, allows for only two terms. Since then, many Cameroonians, usually a quiet lot, have taken to the streets. Mr Biya has yet to make a clear bid to change the constitution but the issue has been widely aired in the newspapers, on television, and on street corners. Mr Biya has reacted angrily. Several people who organised demonstrations against him have been arrested. Douala's governor has banned any more rallies. Earlier, the minister of communications closed one of the country's most popular private television stations for running too many programmes candidly discussing the prospect of a third term for Mr Biya. A musical artist, known as Joe La Conscience, was prevented from walking the 320 kilometres (200 miles) to Yaoundé from the town of Loum, north of Dowala, singing songs against the proposed constitutional change. Many strikers say they are merely protesting against the high cost of fuel. But the problem runs a lot deeper. Mr Biya's bid for another term has unleashed a rare outbreak of public discussion and dissent at a time when the country has fallen heavily into debt. Transparency International, a Berlin-based lobby that measures corruption, says it has become “endemic” in Cameroon. Elections in the last few years have been so patently rigged that few voters bother to turn up. Still, the opposition is weak, though Mr Biya excoriated “the apprentice sorcerers in the shadows”. More than 200 parties have sprung up since multi-party politics was allowed in 1990. Garga Haman Adji, a former minister in Mr Biya's government who is now in opposition, says that many opposition parties have been infiltrated and bought out by Mr Biya's party. In any event, the 75-year-old president has been badly rattled.