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Political protest in Togo claims nine lives

Political protest in Togo claims nine lives

Security forces fire tear gas as they clash with anti-government protesters in Lome

Nine persons, two civilians and seven security personnel, are reported to have lost their lives in fresh political protests at Atakpame-Sokode in the Republic of Togo on Saturday.

The security clashed with hundreds of civilians demonstrating against changes in the Togolese Constitution, which they claim allowed presidents to remain in power ‘forever’ until voted out.

Two civilians were earlier shot dead allegedly in an attempt by the security to dispel the demonstrators.

Nine persons, two civilians and seven security personnel, are reported dead in anti-government protests

The civilians reacted by burning security vehicles and killing seven security men.

Two protesters were killed and 13 others wounded in Togo on Saturday when security forces opened fire to break up demonstrations against the ruling government

Sources close to the Border Security Committee (BODSEC) told the Ghana News Agency that some demonstrators were picked by the police for questioning.

 

 

Similar protests took place worldwide, with demonstrators calling for the country to go back to its 1992 Constitution, which gave presidents two terms of four years to be in office.

Meanwhile, the country’s main frontier, Lome-Aflao Border remains opened with no disruption in socioeconomic activities.

 

 

 

 

 

Credit:

GNA

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