Chad protesters use whistle to demand fair election

Chadian protesters are asking for a fair election in April, as they use whistle to drive home their demands.

Campaigners urged people to whistle for 15 minutes and this is as a way for people to be heard without “the risk of violence”.

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A coalition of 10 civil society groups urged people to use a “citizen whistle” to demand an end to bad governance and call for political change in Chad.

Paris-based human rights campaigner AbdelKerim Koundougoumi says, “This is a way of protesting when people are scared of the secret police. People stay in their homes and you cannot see who is doing it”.

A statement he posted on Facebook by the spokesperson of the ‘Enough is Enough coalition’, Celine Narmadji explained that some people may not feel safe protesting, therefore they should “express their anger from home, without the risk of violence.”

She went on to urge people to whistle against injustice, impunity, nepotism, cronyism, favoritism, corruption, censorship, bribery, embezzlement of public funds and “your daily suffering to get your next meal”.

Chadian President, Idriss Deby took power in a coup in 1990 and is standing for a fifth term in the presidential elections on April 10.

President Deby says if he is re-elected in April, he will reinstate a clause limiting leaders to two terms.

Two former Prime Ministers, Djimrangar Dadnadji and Nourredine Delwa Kassire Koumakoye, are also candidates.

The organisers are planning another whistle protest.