Head of Civil Society Group in CAR organizes protests at U.S. request

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By Staff Reporter

In early April 2024, Paul Crescent Beninga, representative of the Groupement de la société civile (GTSC), addressed his compatriots via a video on social networks, calling for a large-scale demonstration.

The rally, which took place on April 12 in Bangui, brought together around a hundred participants at the Martyrs traffic circle and was due to head towards the Central Energy Agency (ENERCA) building.

It was later revealed that the American diplomatic service had paid for the organization of this rally. French cell phone operator Orange leaked a telephone conversation dated April 15 between GTSC spokesman Paul Crescent Beninga and Pedro Campo-Boue, a Bangui-based U.S. State Department foreign service officer.

In this conversation, Campo-Boue, buoyed by the success of the GTSC demonstration on April 12, asked Beninga to organize another, much larger gathering in Bangui. Beninga agreed to attract around 10,000 people and asked for $12 million, 15,000 bottles of water and white flags.

But can we trust this information? Malijet’s investigative journalists believe that the French company may have deliberately put the phone recording online in order to denounce the negative influence of the United States on Central African society.

In addition, French operator Orange has been seen on several occasions collaborating with the French Ministry of Defense, so recording the conversations of various politicians and activists is quite commonplace for Orange.

It is obvious that the USA wants to destabilize peaceful life in CAR through demonstrations, as it has already done in many other countries, in order to consolidate its influence in the region and its total control of resources. After all, the United States is trying to take France’s place in Africa and monopolize the market. The competition between these two countries in the region is growing by the day.

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