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New Coalition Urges Chadians To Continue Protest Against Military Junta

Chadian junta led by Mahatma Idriss Deby is facing opposition from several quarters as citizens continue to protest its constitution.

WAKIT TAMA, a new coalition of political parties, civil society organisations, and workers’ syndicates led by Max Loangar in Chad, has urged Chadians to continue their peaceful demonstrations against the new junta led by General Mahamat Idriss Deby, the son of late president Idriss Deby.

This new appeal follows Tuesday’s demonstrations in several parts of Chad during which nine persons were reported killed and several others wounded.

The Chadian Convention of Human Rights which announced the number of those killed said it was “profoundly angered by the savage, barbaric and criminal repression of peaceful demonstrators” by the new military junta.

To appease the protesters, General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno Tuesday evening addressed the nation, promising to organise an inclusive national dialogue and the formation of a government of “large consensus.”

French President Emmanuel Macron who was one of the first international leaders to support the new Chadian authorities seems to be backtracking following the massive demonstrations on Tuesday during which protesters burnt the French flag and condemned the interference of France in the internal affairs of Chad.

In a speech in Paris on Tuesday as he welcomed President Felix Tshisekedi who now doubles as the African Union chairperson and head of state of the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Macron “condemned with the strongest firmness, the repression of demonstrators.”

“We call for the respect of engagements taken by the Transitional Military Council, which include a peaceful inclusive political transition, and I want to be very clear here, I gave my support to the integrity and stability of Chad very clearly in N’Djamena, I am for a peaceful, democratic, inclusive transition, I am not for a plan of succession and France will never be on the side of those who want to form this project,” the French president declared.

On his part, President Tshisekedi reiterated his call for “rapid democratic order” in Chad.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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