The main Chadian rebel groups discussed in Doha, Qatar since March 13, demanded in a statement on Saturday, May 21, that the six leaders of civil society be released “immediately and unconditionally”. They were arrested and detained after the demonstration organized on May 14 to protest against French politics in Chad. They are accused above all of destroying property and disturbing public order.
as reported from Ndjamena, Aurélie Bazzara-Kibangula
Members of civil society are “arbitrarily detained”, according to a statement signed by the main rebel groups in talks in Doha, Qatar.
They demand the immediate release of Max Loalgnar, coordinator of Wakit Tama and five other leaders arrested after the May 14 demonstration.
The press release was released the day after the six leaders were transferred to Moussoro Prison in the center of the country, according to their lawyer. Their trial is set for June 6.
But for the fact’s spokesperson, Issa Ahmat, they are not responsible for the vandalism at the entire group’s stations. He accuses the authorities of not monitoring the demonstration sufficiently.
One of the rebel leaders adds that these arrests could lead to a halt to discussions in Doha.
Government spokesman Abderamane Koulamallah confirms that it is up to the organizers of the demonstrations to take precautionary measures to avoid floods and that it is up to justice, he says, to decide whether or not to release the arrested leaders.