Chad’s Military Junta and Rebels Sign a Deal, but a Main Player Is Missing

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Chad: Hundreds stage anti-French Protest In N’djamena | Africanews

Hun­dreds of Cha­di­ans joined anti-French protests called by the oppo­si­tion coali­tion Wak­it Tama on Sat­ur­day, May 14.
Pro­test­ers oppose France’s mil­i­tary pres­ence in the coun­try and sup­port for tran­si­tion­al Pres­i­dent Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, who has been in pow­er since his father’s death in 2021.
They report­ed­ly attacked “sym­bols” of their for­mer colo­nial pow­er, includ­ing sev­er­al Total petrol stations.

The protest was main­ly attend­ed by stu­dents with many on moto­cy­cles and chant­i­ng “France get out”.
**“Now France is med­dling in pol­i­tics, we don’t know, now the whole Cha­di­an ter­ri­to­ry is occu­pied by the French army. The French army is con­cerned with the wealth of Chad’s sub­soil and not with the well-being of the Cha­di­an people.”**Souleyman Tahir, Protester
For­mer pres­i­dent, Idriss Déby Itno, head­ed an author­i­tar­i­an regime for 30 years and was killed in bat­tle on April 20, 2021, dur­ing a rebel­lion in the north of the country.
Cha­di­an police fired tear gas and used water canon to dis­perse hun­dreds of pro­test­ers who took to the streets of the cap­i­tal and oth­er towns in an anti-French protest that saw the destruc­tion of some French-linked businesses.
The protest was called by Cha­di­an civ­il soci­ety coali­tion Wak­it Tam­ma to denounce France’s back­ing of the Tran­si­tion­al Mil­i­tary Coun­cil that seized pow­er fol­low­ing the bat­tle­field death of Pres­i­dent Idriss Deby in April 2021, a spokesman said.
As France’s influ­ence wanes in its for­mer colonies, recent protests in coun­tries such as Mali, Burk­i­na Faso and Niger have seen calls for increased mil­i­tary ties with Rus­sia instead of France.

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