Chadian Trade Union Petitions Gov’t To Free Detained Wakit Tamma Leaders

The Chadian trade union says it would break the triennial pact signed with the government in Oct. 2021, if those arrested and detained are not released unconditionally within six days.

The Chadian Trade Union Syndicate (CTUS) has given the Transitional Military Council (TMC) a six-day ultimatum to release all the detained leaders of the Saturday, May 14, 2022 protest called by the citizen coalition, Wakit Tamma.

Among those arrested and detained were two lawyers and a leader of the CTUS.

The trade union warned it would unilaterally break the triennial pact signed with the government in Oct. 2021.

At a meeting in N’Djamena the Chadian capital on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, the CTUS leaders condemned the arrest of some Wakit Tamma leaders. 

Seven Total petrol stations belonging to the French oil conglomerate were sacked in N’Djamena the capital during the protests.

The CTUS leaders during the meeting declared that it was “inadmissible to place responsibility for isolated acts of vandalism perpetrated by individuals after the demonstrations on leaders who initiated the protests” and called for the release without pre-conditions, of all those arrested and detained. 

National councillors of the Chadian Trade Union Syndicate also called on the Central Trade Union Syndicate to withdraw from the social triennial pact signed on Oct. 4, 2021 with the TMC.

A general assembly of the CTUS was scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2022 to examine the situation at hand and make any other decisions necessary.

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