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Togo’s president visits opposition stronghold after protests

Lome, Togo | AFP | Togo’s president, Faure Gnassingbe, said he remains convinced of national unity after a weekend visit to the country’s second city that was hit by anti-government protests. Gnassingbe revealed on Sunday evening he had travelled to Sokode — the home city of Tikpi Atchadam, who has …

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Togo president blames opposition for violence

Lome, Togo | AFP | Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe has accused the opposition of orchestrating violence that has killed at least 16 people in massive anti-government protests across the country. Since the first protests began in late August more than 200 others have been injured as the opposition agitates for …

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Thousands join fresh protests in Togo amid ‘crackdown’

Lome, Togo | AFP | Thousands of protesters in Togo Thursday joined demonstrations around the country for a second day against the rule of President Faure Gnassingbe, the scion of Africa’s oldest political dynasty. The atmosphere was tense amid accusations of harsh repression by security forces on Wednesday, when at least …

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One dead, 25 injured as rival protests rock Togo

Lome, Togo | AFP | A child was killed and at least 25 people were injured Wednesday in Togo as thousands held rival demonstrations over the continued rule of President Faure Gnassingbe, the scion of Africa’s oldest political dynasty. Rival demonstrations in Lome drew thousands a day after the opposition boycotted …

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Despite protests, reform off the menu as Togo MPs meet

Lome, Togo | AFP |  Opposition lawmakers in Togo forced the adjournment of parliament on Tuesday in protest at a constitutional reform bill being left off the day’s agenda, despite days of anti-government protests. The president of the National Assembly, Dama Dramani, agreed to suspend the extraordinary session as lawmakers …

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Togo postpones Africa-Israel summit

Lome, Togo | AFP |  Togo on Monday cancelled an upcoming Africa-Israel summit, citing lack of time to prepare, after days of anti-government protests targeting President Faure Gnassingbe. The summit was due to have been held in the capital, Lome, late next month and was billed as a chance for …

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Mobile internet off in Togo before opposition protests

Lome, Togo | AFP |  Mobile internet services were off in Togo on Thursday, where new opposition protests were planned after huge anti-government demonstrations across the country. On social media such as Facebook and Twitter, which were still accessible using intermittent Wi-Fi access in the capital, Lome, users called for …

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50 years of hurt: Togo protesters vow to continue

Lome, Togo | AFRICAN ARGUMENTS  | On Saturday 19 August, shocking images of the bodies of protesters being carried on stretchers started flooding social media in Togo. That day, thousands of citizens had taken to the streets to demand democratic reforms and the restoration of the country’s 1992 constitution. Calling for change after half a …

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