Military authorities had banned the protest convened by a coalition of opposition political parties and civil society organizations.
Police in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, have fired tear gas to disperse crowds protesting a military takeover that followed the death of President Idriss Deby on the battlefield last month.
The transitional military government – led by Deby’s son, four-star general Mahamat Idriss Deby – on Friday banned protests by a coalition of opposition political parties and civil society organizations that want the transition to take place. directed by a civilian.
Challenging the ban, groups of protesters took to the streets on Saturday morning chanting slogans and waving flags. Some contained printed messages denouncing what they called “monarchy.”
Police used tear gas to break up a rally in a southern district of N’Djamena, the AFP news agency reported, adding that security forces had ventured across the city.
“Police prevented us from protesting,” according to Reuters news agency, according to Royal Mianrounga, leader of a civil society group, who had been injured while trying to flee a police charge from a group trying to meet in the center of N ‘. Djamena.
“Those who resisted were violently reprimanded by the police. There were some injuries, ”Mianrounga said.
Some protesters set fire to several French flags in protest of what they said was France’s support for the military transition to its former colony.
At least five people died during similar protests on April 27.
The army has pledged to hold elections within 18 months and Mahamat Deby has appointed a transitional government overwhelmingly dominated by ruling party figures and persevering in his father’s apparatus.
But some opposition parties have rejected the army-led transitional government, calling it a coup and a continuation of Deby’s 30-year rule.
French President Emmanuel Macron had noted strong support for the military during Deby’s funeral which he attended, sitting next to Deby’s son Mahamat. But the French government has changed since then and called for a government of national civil unity.