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Political protest in Togo claims nine lives


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By A.B. Kafui Kanyi/Dominic Adoboli, GNA

Ho, Aug. 20, GNA
– 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 i

By A.B. Kafui Kanyi/Dominic Adoboli, GNA

Ho, Aug. 20, GNA
– 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.

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

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.

GNA


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