Violent clashes between police and demonstrators in N'Djamena

Violent clashes between police and protesters in N'Djamena

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Violent clashes between police and demonstrators on Thursday morning in the Chadian capital N'Djamena where hundreds of people are gathered at the call of the opposition, AFP journalists noted. 

These clashes take place after the extension for two years of the “transition” in Chad which was to end on Thursday 20 October. But at the end of September, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno was finally kept president until free and democratic elections, supposed to be held at the end of a second transition period and in which Mr. Déby will be able to stand.

< p>On April 20, 2021, when the death of Marshal Déby was announced, killed by rebels on his way to the front, the army proclaimed his son Mahamat Déby, then 37-year-old general, President of the Republic at the head of a junta of 15 generals, for an 18-month transition period leading to elections.

Clouds of black smoke are visible and tear gas can be heard regularly, while barricades have been erected in several parts of the city and that tires are burned on the main roads in order to obstruct traffic, according to AFP journalists in N'Djamena.

The demonstration had been banned by the authorities.

An AFP correspondent saw a body covered with the Chadian flag and surrounded by several demonstrators on the main axis of the Abena district, in the 7th arrondissement of the capital.

In the 6th arrondissement, stronghold of the opposition, the streets are deserted. Tires, tree trunks, heaps of bricks, litter the streets, noted another AFP journalist. Schools and universities are closed.

“They are shooting at us. They are killing our people. The soldiers of the only general who refused to honor his word and today is the end of the 18 months, this is how he intends to install the dynasty by killing the people”, declared in a message on Twitter Success Masra, l one of the main opponents of the Transformers party, which on Wednesday called for a peaceful demonstration. 

No official report of these clashes has been communicated for the moment.