Political leaders and citizens of Fort Lamy turned out on Sunday (1 July) to demonstrate in support of President Francois Tombalbaye of Chad.
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Background: Political leaders and citizens of Fort Lamy turned out on Sunday (1 July) to demonstrate in support of President Francois Tombalbaye of Chad. As well as being Head of State, President Tombalbays is also the General Secretary of Chad's National Progressive Party.
The rally followed a meeting arranged by the National Political Bureau at Fort Lamy's party House. Among the several hundred people who attended were Chad's political leaders, the municipal authorities of Fort Lamy and leaders of the National Union of chad Workers.
The key speakers at the meeting were the Minister in charge of Party Organisation, Adoum Tchers; the Minister of Agriculture, Michel Dijidingar; and the Administrative Secretary of the National Political Bureau. They expanded the ideas developed by President Tombalbaye in his message to the nation in June. They condemned the activities of political agents who, they said, tended to show the world that Chad was the "sick child" of Africa.
They also condemned Chad students in Paris and Brussels, who, the Ministers claimed, were conducting anti-government activities.
After the Political Bureau meeting, the gathering marched to President Tombalbaye's office with a motion of support, carrying placards denouncing anti-government elements.