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Several hundred people demonstrate against the French presence

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“France, get out!”And No to colonialism… Hundreds of people demonstrated on Saturday 14 May in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, to protest against France’s presence in the country. Protesters burned at least two flags of the former colonial power and vandalized several Total service stations, “Code” According to them from France, the pumps shredded and carried some of the offered products.

This demonstration, which was organized by the opposition civil society forum and Akitatma, was authorized by the authorities. However, a police force cordoned off the convoy and deployed in the city.

Total station looting during a demonstration in N'Djamena (Chad), 14 May 2022 (AFP)

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A little over a year ago, on April 20, 2021, the army announced that Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno had been killed at the front against another rebellion, after 30 years of authoritarian rule. On the same day, the army announced its son, Mohamed Idriss Deby Itno “the temporary president” At the head of a military council composed of 15 generals. was promising Free and democratic elections After an 18-month transition period, following a dialogue with the political and armed opposition.

“France prevents us from being truly independent”

France, the European Union and the African Union have called the new leader the new leader, especially since the Chadian army is an essential element in the war against jihadists in the Sahel region. But the perpetrators themselves are punishing the coup soldiers in Africa.

During the march in N’Djamena, a number of students and university students on motorbikes joined the protesters singing in the choir.”France is out”. “I am demonstrating because France still wants to impose the Deby regime on us”fired a young high school student. “If we continue to suffer today since independence, it is France’s mistake that prevents us from real independence”Added Idris Moussa, an Arabic-speaking teacher.

“We are glad that the Chadians are becoming more aware of our struggle and are joining us”said Max Lullinger, WACT Coordinator. “France puts dictators on our heads. We only ask for respect for our people”.

In June 2021, the Chadian head of state considered extending the transitional period and announced on May 1 the postponement of the national dialogue, at the request of Qatar, the mediator of the “pre-dialogue” that had been suspended for two months in Doha between the military council and countless rebel groups.

The French presidency responded by saying to itself: “Attachment” to a dialogue in “As soon as possible”, then by providing assistance to France a few days later. On April 6, Wakettma announced the suspension of his talks with the Military Council, denouncing “An international community insists on supporting an illegitimate and illegitimate regime at all costs.”.

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