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09 May 2019 | 04:13 AM UTC

Chad: Anti-police riots reported in N’Djamena May 8

Chad News Alert

Crowds riot and attack police station in Moursal neighborhood of N’Djamena on May 8; further protests and a heightened security presence expected in coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/8/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/12/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ndjamena). COUNTRY/REGION N'Djamena

Event

Community members in N'Djamena staged violent protests on Wednesday, May 8, following the death of a young man in police custody. Riots were reported in the Moursal neighborhood of the capital and protesters attacked a police station. Police reportedly dispersed crowds with tear gas and live ammunition. Further violent protests and a heightened security presence are expected in Moursal and N'Djamena more generally, along with other disruptions. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

A 16-year-old died in police custody in N'Djamena's sixth district on May 8; accusations of torture were disseminated on social media, prompting the outcry.

Advice

Individuals in N'Djamena are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public gatherings due to the risk of violence, avoid the area, and anticipate a heightened security presence.

 

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