CHADIANS PROTEST AT UN
By Celestin Ngoa Balla, US Africa News. Updated 2014-12-03
A group of Chadian nationals living in New York demonstrated in front of the United Nations (UN) on Saturday morning, November 29, 2014. According to the organizers, this demonstration is a sign of support for the “Trop c’est Trop” (“Too Much is Too Much”) Coalition, which showed its strength on November 11th with giant anti-government demonstrations in three large Chadian cities, including the capital, Ndjamena. Responding to the Coalition’s call for action, teachers and studients at all levels took to the streets, speaking out against the cronies of President Idriss Deby who have been selling off the majority of Chad’s fuel supply to the Seleka in the Central African Republic (CAR), and to Boko Haram in Nigeria. This siphoning of the country’s reserves has reached the point where it is necessary to shell out 2,000 francs CFA for one liter of gas--this in a country which has increasingly been found to be awash in “black gold”. The so-called “forces of order” left behind seven dead, and many wounded and missing in the wake of the protests. “We demand the international community put pressure on Idriss Deby to liberate all persons arrested during the November 11th demonstrations! ” was the cry chanted by the defiant Chadians in front of the UN building.
The Chadian protesters also indicated that they were there to “call on the populace of Cameroon and Nigeria not to target the Chadian nationals on their soil due to any connection with Deby or Boko Haram. Sudanese special forces recently outed one of the Chadian President’s underlings, who was trying to transport 19 Sam7 anti-aircraft missiles to Nigeria. The armada had been earmarked for Boko Haram on Deby’s own orders. This scandalous, divisive affair has definitively pulled back Idriss Deby’s mask, revealing him as the supporter of Boko Haram Islamists. “The Chadian people want to live in peace with their brothers in neighboring countries; and are thus not involved in Deby’s secret hegemonic maneuverings,” explained Abdallah Djorkoday Chidi, one of the protest organizer. The Chadians who came to protest in front of the UN say they have not forgotten the nightmare visited on their brothers in CAR. The Selekans, sponsored by Deby, chased out former CAR President Bozizé and terrorized the country. The new masters of Bangui, CAR’s capital, have embarked on their own incredible atrocities, which the Anti-Balaka forces fighting the Islamists have been caught up in. In their crusade, the Anti-Balaka have begun to go after Chadian nationals, even those who have been there for generations. “These people who are presently living in Cameroon and Nigeria are in no way accomplices of Idriss Deby; we want that to be understood,” announced one of the Chadian demonstrators.
The next presidential election is scheduled for 2016, and according to the current consitution which he succeeded in modifying, Idriss Deby has the chance of being President for life. In the spirit of the new popular movement, Chadians in New York are also uniting in saying no to a fifth term for Deby.