Recap: August 7th Wakit Tama Protest

Photo Credit: Les Transformateurs Du Tchad

On August 7th, Wakit Tama had their second government-approved march. They claimed that over 2000 people were there at the beginning of the march. The march’s route was the same as as the previous one, Hamama circle to Palais 15 Janvrier. As the people marched, they sang the National Anthem and chanted slogans, such as “Go away, CMT”; “Wakit Tama! (The time has come)”; “Onward to Justice”; “They said Deby died at the front, but in reality it was a coup d’etat.”

Police watch as protesters await the start of the march.

After assembling at the circle, they began the 3 km (2 mile) march, pausing in front of the Ministry of Justice, and continued to the Palace of the 15th of January, where Mahamat Nour Ibedou and others made speeches.

“The same system of President Idriss Deby Itno is still in place.” “The CMT wants to enslave us, refuse that.”

Mahamat Nour Ibedou
Photo Credit: Wakit Tama

Some of their signs read “No to insecurity”, “Your freedom will be born of your courage”, “No to the occupation of power by the military”, “No to France’s support for the junta” or “We want a transition with all the sons of Chad”. They had vehicles equipped with sound systems going ahead of the protest to address the crowd and broadcast speeches. Many activist groups were represented in the march, including the unemployed graduates, handicapped people, retired pensioners, and Hissène Habré victims, as well as numerous political parties.

Besides the march in N’Djamena, they also had a march in Koumra, and one planned in Moundou.

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