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Togo: The March of Anger

After yesterday ‘’ultimate march’’ a sea of Togolese took over major cities of the country in today’s ‘’March of Anger’’ protesting for the resignation of the Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe and the introduction of presidential term limits.

‘’Today is the march of anger, we are talking to a head of state who seem not to listen to us. He must leave, it is better for him’’ says a young to icilome.

The leader of the main opposition party “ANC” (National Alliance for Change), Jean-Pierre Fabre declared their intention to fight until they win.

Certain young residents of some areas of the capital such as Atikoumé and Bè set up some barricades made of trunk of trees and block of pavements blocking access to some part of Lomé today.

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In a joint Press released yesterday 4th October 2017, the Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU) and the United Nation’s Office for West Africa (UNOWAS) support the idea of organizing a Referendum and encourage opposition to ‘’cease the opportunity’’.

A proposition that the Togolese Democratic forces simply rejected, qualifying it as ‘’ incoherent’’. Protesters estimate that ‘’Government could still manipulate the results of electoral consultation, which favor the Togolese President to stay in power.

Besides, the movement reaffirmed its determination to continue fighting for the liberation alongside with the Togolese people. The movement further congratulated the massive participation of Togolese who massively rallied in several cities across the country.

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Internet was not shut down during the entire rally neither an escalation of violence was recorded during the protest.

Mark Damehene Togolese Minister of Security and Civil Protection confirmed that the demonstration was generally peaceful. Nonetheless, the Minister deplored some acts of vandalisms in the Center of the country and some roads blocked by some protesters in some part of the country.

 

 

Source: icilome + BBC

 

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