Security Forces Disperse Wakit Tama Protesters In N’Djamena, Chad

The Transitional Military Council (TMC) in Chad used special forces to disperse protesters in the capital, infringing on their rights to peaceful protest.

Security forces Saturday morning, May 8, in N’Djamena, Chadian capital dispersed a crowd of protesters called out by the citizen movement, Wakit Tama, to voice their opposition against the Chadian Transitional Military Council (TMC).

HumAngle learnt that the protesters who gathered at the Festafrica field in Moursal situated in the sixth sub division of N’Djamena came out with arms raised declaring that their demonstration was peaceful. 

A local source said they were however vigorously dispersed by the police.

Wakit Tama leaders who organised the dispersed march eventually told their supporters to return to their various quarters and protest from there.

This morning’s march called by Wakit Tama follows that of April 27, when a young university graduate, Danzabe Zoua, lost his eye while watching protesters from his veranda.

Speaking to HumAngle on Friday, the 30-year-old Zoua said: “we were listening to the radio. Police entered the quarter. When I stood up to enter the house, I saw a column of four vehicles of the police mobile intervention group.”

“The vehicle that was in front headed towards me as if wanting to crush me. I avoided it but another vehicle that was coming behind threw a teargas grenade directly at my eye which exploded and blinded one of my eyes. I was not among those demonstrating.”

Zoua is a university graduate with degrees in accountancy and physics/chemistry obtained in 2011 and 2016 respectively. He has been undergoing a masters degree course in auditing and management at the online university of Chad.

Not having found employment since graduation, he took to commercial motor bike riding to make ends meet.

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