At the dawn of independence, thousands of Cameroonians were massacred under the auspices of the "French maffia" of De Gaulle and Foccart, among the Bamilikés, but also in other regions of Cameroon.
On March 2, 1960, under the leadership of the French army, Cameroonian troops razed the town of Yogandima, massacring nearly 8.000 unarmed civilians.
But these appalling massacres are not at all an isolated fact, because for 10 years, the French colonial administration has faced resistance from the Union of the Populations of Cameroon (UPC) born in the 1940s. If the UPC is present throughout Cameroon, its hold is very strong in the Bamileke country. What is very striking is their cohesion in their refusal to comply with the grid, the discipline of colonial machinery, and forced labor. This occupied people shows a formidable ingenuity which is reflected even in the language of resistance, where the signifier thus serves a secondary meaning of political order.
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