Lamesas are a group of indigenous people who have lived in the central state of Middelburg for over 100 years.
They have a strong political presence, as well as a strong tradition of self-governance, according to the state’s president, Olaf Knausgaard.
A year ago, the Lamea people were in a state of shock when the state government imposed a curfew, which was not lifted until last weekend.
The situation escalated on Sunday when the Lamingas were locked out of their homes.
In a statement on its website, the regional governor’s office said that “the Laminga National Assembly was blocked, their offices, computers, and phones were confiscated and they were told to stay inside their homes and do not venture outside.”
The government imposed the curfew on Tuesday, but Lameses have been living in isolation for the last few days.
As many as 1,300 people were detained, including at least one police officer, according a local newspaper.
One journalist was killed, and seven other journalists were wounded.
“The Lames of the region, in particular, have been the victims of the Lams-Barkas conflict,” Knaussgaard said.
“Lams are the Lamedas’ chief protector, who have often fought and lost their lives to Lams.”
Local Lamese news website Lamees.org says the government has not yet provided any information about the number of people who died, but reports that more than a thousand people were injured in clashes on Saturday.
This isn’t the first time violence has erupted in Lames.
In 2011, at least seven Lames died during clashes with government forces.
Lamees say the violence is a result of the government’s attempts to control them through a system of “co-ops,” or “councils.”
These councils were formed in the late 1990s by the government and were used to settle disputes between Lames and Barkas.
Lames say that their demands have been ignored by the authorities.
There is a huge demand among Lames to have a seat at the council, which is a symbolic position in Lame politics.
When Barkas was elected governor in 2016, the government announced that the Lamps-Barksis were going to be re-elected.
This was seen as a betrayal of the people of Lames, who are often accused of collaborating with Barkas’ government.
Some Lames have even been killed.
On Monday, at around 3:00 p.m., a group affiliated with the government of the central African Republic, known as “the Barkas government,” was ambushed by security forces.
Five people were killed and six were wounded, including a police officer.
At least two people were seriously injured in a separate attack on Tuesday morning.
Local officials and international observers say the government is trying to use the riots as a pretext to crack down on Lames protesting.
Last week, the United Nations human rights office condemned Barkas and his government for their failure to respect the rights of Lamee people.
“This violence must stop and all measures must be taken to ensure the protection of the rights and freedoms of the indigenous peoples of Central Africa,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein.