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Chad: One year after the horrific demonstration, Amnesty demands “justice”

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Amnesty International lamented on Friday that the families of those killed in the crackdown on a protest against the extension of military rule in Chad, which resulted in more than 100 deaths, are “still waiting for justice.”

On October 20, 2022, police and troops opened fire on teenage protesters who were objecting to the young general Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno’s two-year extension of a transition. After his father, who had already governed the nation with an iron fist for 30 years, passed away in April 2021, the army named him head of state.

The worldwide organization noted the anniversary in a statement, “The security forces responded by firing live ammunition at the demonstrators, killing and injuring many people.”

“The repression (…) left more than 100 people dead and nearly 1,000 injured” , Amnesty continued, adding that “Although the authorities immediately promised an investigation, all we have seen so far are unfair trials of demonstrators held behind closed doors and the absence of serious investigations into those allegedly responsible for the killings and injuries” .

“It is imperative that the Chadian authorities respect their commitment to justice” , stated Amnesty International.

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