At least “thirty” people were killed, including “ten” members of the security forces, in clashes between demonstrators and police, the Chadian government announced on Thursday in the middle of the post-war period. midday. In the streets of the capital, clouds of black smoke are visible and tear gas can be heard regularly, while barricades have been erected in several areas of the city and what tires are burned on the main roads in order to obstruct traffic.
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In the 7th arrondissement of the capital, on the main axis of the Abena district, a body is covered with the Chadian flag, surrounded by several demonstrators. In the 6th arrondissement, an opposition stronghold where Prime Minister Saleh Kebzabo is also located – appointed on October 12 as head of the government he joined eighteen months ago – the streets are deserted. Tires, tree trunks, heaps of bricks litter the streets. Schools and universities are closed.
Kebzabo’s party headquarters burnt down
“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, ”wrote in a message on Twitter Success Masra, one of the main opponents of power. The leader of the Transformers party on Wednesday called for a peaceful demonstration, which was banned by the authorities.
Chad, October 20, 2022. They fire on Ambulances in hospitals. When humanity left beings, and it is to install the dynasty that our People rejects in a clear way. There will be no Dynasty in Chad. The number of ports is increasing throughout the country.#Rupture pic.twitter.com/CZZWKbFTc9
— Succes MASRA (@Succes_MASRA) October 20, 2022
The headquarters of Saleh Kebzabo’s party, the National Union for Development and Renewal (UNDR), was targeted by demonstrators and was “partly burnt down”, party vice president Celestin Topona said. .
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This violence is taking place as the eighteen-month transition, which was due to end this Thursday, October 20, has been extended. At the end of September, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno remained president until free and democratic elections, supposed to be held at the end of a second transition period and in which the president will be able to stand. This extension, announced at the end of the Inclusive and Sovereign National Dialogue (DNIS), boycotted by part of the opposition, pointed political opponents et armed.