Eleven Chadian police officers have been arrested after the appearance on the Internet of a video showing police beating up students from N’Djamena schools who were protesting against mandatory wearing of helmets by motorcycle riders.
The revelations were made on Tuesday by Alghassim Khamis, the N’Djamena prosecutor.
On March 9, 2015, protests by hundreds of high school students turned tragic when one of the students was shot and killed and hundreds others were left injured. During the same protest, about 200 people were arrested, majority of them not students.
A few days later, a video started circulating on the Internet showing police officers torturing several youths who had been arrested during the protests. The video elicited a lot of anger on Chadian social media sites.
“We are in the process of examining and authenticating these images,” Khamis said, adding that “more arrests could be made on the basis of the ongoing investigations.”
The prosecutor said the suspects will face charges ranging from destruction of school properties and death of a student.
On Friday, about 50 students were sentenced to three months in prison with a fine of 10 U.S. dollars for participating in protests against wearing of helmet. Enditem