A “caravan” of activists from the Les Transformateurs party, of the opponent Succès Masra, which criss-crossed the streets of the capital N’Djamena to convince people to attend their meeting scheduled for Saturday, September 3, was the target on Thursday , of an operation by the Chadian security forces. The police made 84 arrests, according to a statement signed by General Moussa Haroun Tirgo, director general of the national police. Those arrested, “mostly young”, were placed in custody for “disturbing public order” and “non-compliance with the texts governing demonstrations on the public highway”, specifies the press release.
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In a message posted on Twitter, Success Masra affirms that 91 people have been arrested, and assures – video of a police intervention in support – that the headquarters of his party was “stormed” by the forces of order.
They arrested 91 of our activists and cabinet members while we were talking with the facilitators, religious leaders and elders, to find a consensus for dialogue. They stormed the headquarters at 3am and they shoot and brutalize our activists. Dialogue at gunpoint. pic.twitter.com/tgQ2qx58QV
— Succes MASRA (@Succes_MASRA) September 2, 2022
Transfer of power to civilians
The Transformers party is part of a coalition bringing together the majority of Chadian opposition movements and civil society organizations boycotting the Inclusive and Sovereign National Dialogue (DNIS) launched on August 20 by General Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, President of transition and head of the military junta in power. The party, like other boycott movements, claims that this meeting of some 1,400 delegates is between people designated by the junta or close to it, and qualify the exercise as a “monologue”.
Several armed groups are also boycotting this Dialogue, scheduled to last until September 20 but which has still not started its substantive work. It must result in “free and democratic elections” and the transfer of power to civilians.
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On Sunday August 28, the election of the 21 members of the DNIS presidium gave rise to heated debates. More than 500 people, out of the 1,400 delegates, applied to join the body. It was Gali Ngothé Gatta, presidential candidate in 2016 against former head of state Idriss Déby Itno, who was elected to head this presidium.
The work of the commissions, whose themes include social issues, peace, national reconciliation or even fundamental freedoms, should begin on August 30. The initial schedule foresees a closing ceremony on 20 september.