Chadian police fireplace tear gasoline to disperse anti-French protest

Chadian police fire tear gas to disperse anti-French protest
The protest was called by Chadian civil society coalition Wakit Tamma to denounce France’s backing of the Transitional Military Council that seized power following the battlefield death of President Idriss Deby in April 2021, a spokesman said.

Deby’s son Mahamat Idriss is leading the military transition which is yet to timetable a return to constitutional rule.

“We are demonstrating against France for its support for the transitional military council,” said Mahmoud Moussa, a high school teacher in the Chadian capital who joined the protest.

A spokesman for the transitional government could not be reached for comment.

Protesters vandalised several petrol stations in N’djamena operated by French oil major TotalEnergies (TTEF.PA). Some torched French flags, while a Russian flag was hoisted on a mast in central N’djamena, according to a Reuters reporter.

As France’s influence wanes in its former colonies, recent protests in countries such as Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger have seen calls for…