Chanting in particular “France, get out!” and “No to colonization”, several hundred people demonstrated on May 14 in N’Djamena against the presence of France in Chad, which they accuse of supporting the military government in power, noted an AFP journalist .
– Pamgue Welcome (@Pamguewelcome) May 14, 2022
Demonstrators burned at least two flags of the former colonial power and vandalized several Total service stations, a “symbol” of France, tearing off pumps and taking away certain products on display, according to the same source. Several students and college students on motorcycles joined the demonstrators, singing in chorus: “France outside”.
— chadinfos (@tchadinfos) May 14, 2022
This demonstration, organized by the civil society opposition platform Wakit Tamma, had been authorized by the authorities. A strong police force surrounded the procession and was deployed in the city.
— Alwihda Info (@alwihdainfo) May 14, 2022
“We are delighted that Chadians are becoming more and more aware of our struggle and are joining us,” lawyer Max Loalngar, coordinator of Wakit Tamma, told AFP. “France is installing dictators over our heads. We just ask that our people be respected,” he added.
The son of the disputed former Chadian president
On April 20, 2021, the country’s army announced that Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno, in power for 30 years, had been killed at the front against a rebellion. On the same day, his son Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno was proclaimed by the army “transitional president” at the head of a military government composed of 15 generals, promising “free and democratic elections” after an 18-month transition in end of an inclusive National Dialogue with the political oppositions and the army. He was immediately dubbed by the international community, France, European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) in the lead, while the same sanction putschist soldiers elsewhere in Africa, in particular because the Chadian army is essential in the war against jihadists in the Sahel.
In June 2021, the Chadian head of state considered an extension of the transition and announced on May 1, 2022 the postponement of the national dialogue, at the request of Qatar, mediator of a “pre-dialogue” which has been stalled for two months. in Doha between the junta and countless rebel groups. The French presidency reacted by saying that it was “committed” to a dialogue as soon as “as soon as possible”, then by offering France’s help a few days later.
On April 6, the opposition platform Wakit Tamma announced the suspension of its talks with the junta, denouncing in particular “an international community which persists in supporting an illegal and illegitimate regime whatever it takes”.
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