The head of the African Union (AU), Moussa Faki Mahamat, has condemned the violent skirmishes that have broken out in Chad between police and protestors in the nation’s capital.
“I strongly condemn the repression of the demonstrations which led to the death of men at #Tchad,” the AU’s chair of the commission, Mr Mahamat said.
“I call on the parties to respect human lives and property and to favour peaceful ways to overcome the crisis,” he continued.
People are protesting and demanding a restoration to civilian rule in opposition to the transitional military government in Chad.
Some areas of N’Djamena have been blocked off after police deployed tear gas and firearms to disperse the protesters.
There are no official casualty numbers, however, there have apparently been two fatalities during the protest: a police officer and a journalist.
A representative for France denied any role in the deployment of deadly force against demonstrators while denouncing the practice.