Anti-French protests in Chad over child kidnap

14th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 November 2007, NDJAMENA - Several hundred protestors took to the streets of the Chadian capital on Wednesday, stoning cars with foreigners inside and chanting anti-French slogans related to a child abduction scandal.

14 November 2007

NDJAMENA - Several hundred protestors took to the streets of the Chadian capital on Wednesday, stoning cars with foreigners inside and chanting anti-French slogans related to a child abduction scandal.

The demonstrators, some of them on motorbikes, protested in front of the French embassy -- heavily  guarded by Chadian police -- as well as the French school in Ndjamena.

Cars carrying westerners were stoned as the crowd chanted slogans denouncing French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

"Slavery is over," the crowd shouted.

Public anger in Chad has flared over what many see as French efforts to intervene in the case of six French charity workers arrested over an attempt to fly 103 children to France.

The charity said the children were orphans from Sudan's war-torn Darfur region who it planned to place in foster care with families in Europe.

But Chad says the group did not have permission to take the children out of the country, and aid agencies who have since cared for the children said that most of them are Chadian and have at least one living parent.

The charity workers face kidnapping charges.

Originally 17 Europeanss were arrested in the case, but 11 have since been freed, including three French journalists and four female Spanish flight attendants who were released when Sarkozy made a lightning trip to Chad on November 4.

AFP

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