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Students protest Chad abduction

afrol News, 14 November - Chadian students took to the streets in the capital N'Djamena attacking properties [cars] belonging to white foreigners, demonstrating their uncompromising stance on the abductions of 103 Chadian children by the French aid workers of Zoë’s Ark.

The protesters, who insisted that the six French aid workers charged with the crime face justice in Chad, were dispersed by the police.

Chadians have been angered by the French President's resolve to exempt the aid workers from being tried in the country. President Nicolas Sarkozy had intended to bring the aid workers to France.

Sarkozy had earlier secured the release of three French journalists detained alongside the six charity workers charged with kidnapping of minors and fraud.

Chanting anti-White slogans and banners, angry student protesters criss-crossed the streets of N'Djamena, before converging at the French embassy.

Few weeks back, Abeche residents also protested against the kidnapping.

The police fired teargas to disperse the student protesters bent on attacking French citizens.

The Abeche town abduction had initially generated tensions in France. The French government issued a condemnation and distanced itself from the crime.

The French charity was caught red-handed trying to illegally airlift the children to France, claiming that it was protecting Darfur orphans. But international agencies proved otherwise because 91 of the children have one parent.

They were found to be children from Chadian villages bothering Sudan.

Some French opposition parliamentarians shamed their country's Foreign Affairs Secretary, Rama Yale, over the issue, asking him to clarify claims that the government and the army were privy to the operation but failed to counter it.

Yade denied the claims describing them as "unfounded and baseless".

But the Chadian Foreign Minister, Ahmed Koulamallah, was furious over the abduction and questioned why people want to take advantage over Africans hiding behind the cloak of poverty alleviation.

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