#REUTERS. | Arrest of Chadian opponents of Wakit Tamma

The Chadian police on Saturday dispersed with tear gas a rally of several hundred people in front of the headquarters of an opposition party in N’Djamena, at the call of civil society against the ruling junta, noted a AFP journalist.

The demonstration by Wakit Tama, a coalition of opposition parties and civil society, was authorized by the authorities on Friday, but the authorities demanded a different route.

The rally had been authorized on an avenue in the center of the capital, but this route “is very far from our base and it is difficult” to “mobilize the world”, told AFP the opponent Succès Masra , adding that several people were injured by tear gas fire.

The demonstrators, quickly dispersed by a large police force, then gathered in front of the headquarters of Transformers, the political party of Mr. Masra.

“The route was not followed, they gathered in a place other than the authorized one,” police spokesman Paul Manga told AFP, saying the situation is “calm and under control. “.

“When the route is not respected and the demonstrators block traffic, it creates disturbances to public order,” he continued.

“Walking is a constitutional right and we want to demonstrate where we want,” Hamza, a 29-year-old protester, told AFP near the headquarters of the Transformers.

“We were violently dispersed,” said Anasthasie, a 28-year-old protester.

On April 20, announcing the death of Marshal Déby, who had just been declared re-elected after 30 years in unchallenged power, General Mahamat Déby, 37, was proclaimed Head of State at the head of a Military Council of transition (CMT), composed of 14 other generals loyal to his father. The CMT then immediately revoked the government, dissolved the National Assembly and repealed the Constitution.

The junta promised “free and transparent” elections within 18 months, renewable once, and the rapid appointment of an interim parliament pending the polls, the National Transitional Council (CNT). He was finally appointed on September 24.

General Déby did not recently rule out extending the transition by 18 months if “certain conditions” were not met. But under international pressure, on May 11 he appointed a government headed by a civilian prime minister, Albert Pahimi Padacké. However, most of the executive power remains in its hands.

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Source: Reuters-VOA.

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