The demonstrations became deadly when thousands in Chad protested the rule of an interim military council led by the son of the late President Idriss Deby, who was killed by rebels last week.
The military-led government said on Wednesday at least five people were killed in the protests, but a local NGO reported nine deaths – seven in the capital and two in the south. The Chad Convention for the Defense of Human Rights said 36 people were also wounded and 12 were arrested.
The opposition coalition called for the demonstrations despite the protest ban. Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, and there were demonstrations in other parts of the nation.
The demonstrators carried signs demanding the transfer of power to the civilian population. The protesters also raided a gas station and burned tires across N’Djamena.
The Chad military announced on April 20 that Deby was fatally wounded while visiting troops north of the capital who were fighting an anti-Deby rebel group. His death was announced just hours after he was confirmed as the winner of the presidential election held in early April.
The military then appointed a council that led an 18-month transition to new elections and held Deby’s son Mahamat Idriss Deby (37) responsible for Chad in the first change of power in more than three decades.
The younger Deby’s appointment sparked an immediate outcry from both Chad’s political opposition and the rebels blamed for his father’s murder. The rebels threatened to attack the capital after the military government announced that it would not negotiate with them.