Dear current and future members of ACT

On September 6, 2019, almost eight months after our arbitrary and illegal arrests and detentions, our trial will finally commence before the military court, though subject to the lifting of the objection of its competence to try civilians. These arrests happened in the context of the peaceful marches organized by the MRC, our allies. They gave rise to various imaginary accusations with no relation to reality, such as hostility to the fatherland, rebellion, insurrection, and so on.

Throughout our pre-trial detention, the investigation proceedings were marked by a permanent violation of our rights of defense: from the incompetence of the above military court to the rejection by the Court of Appeal on the same issue according to the constitution and international conventions signed by Cameroon, going through the habeas corpus concerning the illegal nature of our arrests. But deep down, can we expect justice from a state of lawlessness? Should I forget that the construction of a genuine state of the law is part of the object of our struggle!

You know my attachment to freedom. It constitutes the means and end of development. Remember that five centuries ago, this battle for freedom began in England where a king had the right to life and death over his subjects. Think for a moment about the people Hong Kong who, with a per capita income among the highest in the world, fight not for food or clothing, all these needs largely within their reach, but to preserve their freedoms. It is imperative for us to ACT to break the chains that keep us in mental slavery: tribalism, racism, fetishism, fatalism, defeatism, gender discrimination, etc., in order to resolutely engage ourselves in the human adventure of innovation, science, and technology.

I, therefore, go to this trial with a light heart and hold my head high up, aware of the soundness of my fight for the freedom and dignity of my compatriots, especially for the youth and future generations. Whatever the outcome, I have adopted the samurai motto: "Death is lighter than the rose leaf". In other words, it is better to die free, as I have always been, than to live in the alienation of my freedom and dignity.