The French government has reacted to allegations in Chad that it was putting pressure on civil society leaders to tune down their opposition to the new junta in N’Djamena.
The French Embassy in Chad, in a communique rejecting the allegations, said it was ready to meet with all representatives of the civil society in a spirit of dialogue.
The communique which was signed and made public Saturday, May 8, recalled the “attachment of France to the right to control peaceful demonstrations.”
Meanwhile, the Chadian national police on Sunday gave a balance sheet of the casualties during the May 8 demonstrations in the country.
According to Paul Manga, the police spokesperson, one person was wounded during the protests, 21 persons were arrested in N’Djamena, one private house was burnt and the flag of “a friendly country” also set ablaze.
Tyres and hangars were also burnt by the demonstrators, the police report revealed.
“Professionally vigilant, the forces of law and order succeeded in taking control of the situation by arresting the destroyers caught red handed. They will be placed at the disposal of the judiciary,” the police spokesperson declared.
Manga further said, “the national police takes advantage of this occasion to reiterate the engagement of the forces of law and order to control authorized peaceful demonstrations.”
The May 8 protests were initiated by the Wakit Tama group to protest against the putting in place of a Transitional Military Council (TMC) in the country.
According to the Wakit Tama, police wounded 10 of their members with three receiving serious injuries and arrested 20 others.
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