Chad: tear gas against some opposition protesters

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N’Djamena | Chadian police on Tuesday dispersed with tear gas some sporadic demonstrations by dozens of people at the call of the opposition and civil society in N’Djamena against the junta which took power after the death of President Idriss Déby Itno, AFP journalists noted.

These gatherings were banned Monday by the Transitional Military Council (CMT) headed by the son of the deceased, General Mahamat Idriss Déby, and 14 other generals, because “likely to cause disturbances to public order”.

In the districts of the 7th and 9th arrondissements of N’Djamena, in the east of the capital, a few dozen demonstrators were burning tires on secondary roads. The forces of order, deployed massively in N’Djamena, dispersed them at the slightest beginning of a gathering.

“We are fed up, fed up, fed up with the monarchical dynasty in Chad,” Sarah told AFP. Behind her, young people came running and shouted “police, police”. As a security forces pickup approached, the twenty or so demonstrators ran off.

In the early morning black traces of burnt tires littered the tar while others still burned, detonations of tear gas grenades echoed here and there.

In the Walia district, in the south of the capital, a protester was severely beaten by the police.

Calls for demonstrations have been launched by several opposition political parties and civil society organizations against the CMT, “an illegal and illegitimate body dubbed by France which is considering imposing a new military dictatorship on the Chadians”. The Chadian human rights convention on Monday asked its activists “in love with peace and justice to come out en masse” on Tuesday.

On April 20, Idriss Déby’s son, only 37, took power at the head of the CMT, the day after his father was killed, according to the army, in combat against rebels in the north. from the country.

The CMT repealed the Constitution and dissolved the government and the National Assembly, but General Mahamat Idriss Déby promised “free and democratic elections” in 18 months. He took the title of President of the Republic and Supreme Head of the Armies.