At Least 50 Dead as Chadian Anti-Junta Demonstrators Clash With Military Police Forces
#Tchad🇷🇴: Demonstrators have hit the streets in Chad demanding an end to the military transition, which is expected to end after 18 months as promised by Military Leader Mahamat Idriss Deby.— News Central TV (@NewsCentralTV) October 20, 2022
...#20octobre #NDjamena #AfricaFirst #NewsCentralTV pic.twitter.com/6nOJ2NZSyM
Thursday was supposed to be the final day of 18 months of military rule, which assumed power following the April 2021 death in battle of longtime leader President Idriss Déby Itno. His 38-year-old son, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, took over as president in what critics said was against the Chadian constitution. The legislature and existing government were then dissolved.
Chad's government reports about 50 deaths as a result of protests.— Stanley@1 (@StanlNwosu) October 20, 2022
The violence that broke out in Chad on Thursday, when hundreds marched to the streets to demand a more rapid transition to democratic governance, claimed the lives of almost 50 people and left nearly 300 pic.twitter.com/DvnV6jMbD9
“False information about France’s purported involvement is baseless," the ministry added. Paris worked closely with the elder Déby during his 30 years of rule, and welcomed the rise of the younger Déby following his father's death in battle with rebel groups. France's base of operations for its War on Terror-style campaign across the Sahel, Operation Barkhane and later Task Force Takuba, were both located in N'Djamena.