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Chad: junta bans opposition demonstration

2021-05-09T12:43:30.985Z

The junta in power in Chad since the death of President Idriss Déby Itno has banned a demonstration scheduled for Saturday at the call of several parties ...



The junta in power in Chad since the death of President Idriss Déby Itno has banned a demonstration scheduled for Saturday at the call of several opposition parties because its organizers have not obtained

"prior authorization"

, according to a press release. Friday by the Minister of Public Security.

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Wakit Tama, a collective of opposition parties and civil society associations, called for demonstrations against the Transitional Military Council (CMT), led by Mahamat Idriss Déby, son of the late president. The new strongman of Chad, surrounded by 14 generals, all loyal to his father, concentrates almost all the powers. He arrogated to himself the titles of President of the Republic and Supreme Chief of the Armies.

"The so-called peaceful march of the coordination of citizen actions Wakit Tama, (...) not having had a prior authorization (...) is strictly prohibited on the whole of the national territory"

, according to a

press

release signed by Souleymane Abakar Adoum, the Minister of Public Security.

The organizers of the event

“do not give details of their itinerary. (...) We wanted to authorize, but they became radicalized. They want confrontation with us. If they want confrontation, they will have it, ”

Abdramane Koulamallah, the Minister of Communication and government spokesman, told AFP.

"They have no right to block us or to tell us to go through here or there,"

reacted for his part to AFP Max Loalngar, the coordinator of the Wakit Tama collective.

“We will exercise our rights,”

he continued. The Minister of Public Security authorized in another decree a demonstration organized by theCivil society understanding for an inclusive dialogue and a peaceful consensual transition.

On April 27, six people were killed in N'Djamena, the capital, and in southern Chad, according to the authorities, nine according to a local NGO, during demonstrations, banned by the authorities, at the call of the opposition and civil society. More than 600 people have been arrested. The junta on Sunday set up by decree a transitional government made up of 40 ministers and secretaries of state. The royal posts are almost all in the hands of members of the Patriotic Salvation Movement (MPS), Idriss Déby's party. Two members of the party of the historic opponent of Marshal Déby, Saleh Kebzabo, have entered the transitional government. Mr. Kebzabo's party has since withdrawn from the Wakit Tama collective.

"Our party has withdrawn and does not call for demonstrations on Saturday"

Saleh Kebzabo told AFP on Thursday.

Source: lefigaro

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