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Chadians demonstrate against the French presence in their country

May 15, 2022

Chadians demonstrated yesterday Saturday at the call of the opposition coalition Wakit Tama. This demonstration targeted French symbols in the country

For nearly three kilometers, Chadians demonstrated at the call of the opposition coalition Wakit Tama. “No to France”, and “France gets out”, are messages hostile to the French presence which were visible on the protesters’ placards.

According to RFI’s Madjiasra Nako, hundreds of high school students joined the procession, perched on motorcycles. The procession even tried to pass the roundabout where the march was to end. But a few tear gas canisters then forced them to retreat.

The spokesperson for the coalition welcomed the popular demonstration. But many young people attacked several Total petrol stations across the capital, a symbol of hostility towards the former colonial power. Demonstrations against the French presence have multiplied in recent years in the Sahel, whose countries are plagued by the terrorist threat despite the deployment of French soldiers.