Demonstrations Resume In Chadian Capital After Authorisation By TMC

After protests against the Transitional Military Council were banned, the TMC has now allowed controlled demonstrations in Chad.

Hundreds of Chadians are demonstrating in the streets of N’Djamena, the capital, following an authorisation by the Transitional Military Council (TMC) for the controlled protests to take place.

The demonstrators who are protesting under the canopy of the “New Vision” movement are being closely followed by security operatives to prevent any possible outbreak of violence.

Most of the demonstrators are carrying placards with messages translated into English as “No To War”, “Yes To Peace” and shouting the same slogans.

The “New Vision” platform says it is composed of over forty-two political parties and 133 civil society groups.

The itinerary originally demanded by the organisers of the march has been modified by the Ministry of Public Security and Immigration and the protesters are now supposed to march from the Hamama Roundabout to the January 15 Palace.

“In case of destruction, theft, clashes and all other disturbances or incidents, the association which organized the march will be held responsible before the justice system of the Republic,” the Minister of Public Security and Immigration, Souleyman Abakar Adam revealed.

Meanwhile, another arrete signed Tuesday, May 11, by Souleyman Abakar Adam has authorised a demonstration by the Chadian Association for the Defense of Human Rights and Development (ATDDHD) on Saturday May 15.

The authorisation gives the itinerary of the march as starting from Palais de Justice to the Palais du 15 Janvier.

As in the demonstrations ongoing in the national capital, the authorisation stipulates that in case of destruction, theft, clashes and all other disturbances or incidents, the association which organised the march will be held responsible before the justice system of the Republic.

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