- At the heart of the current political unrest in Togo is the call by the opposition, united in Brigitte Adjamagbo's C14 (platform of fourteen parties), and a young civil society, ...
The coalition of opposition parties in Togo yesterday continued, with their protest marches against the upcoming referendum that will allow President Faure Gnassingbé to seek a fourth term in office.
Togo's latest political crisis started in August 2017, when large numbers of people rallied against the administration of President Faure Gnassingbe.
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The massive anti-government rallies and protest marches seemed to have remained dormant for a larger part of this year, following a brutal crackdown by the regime and promises of mediation talks, led by several regional leaders that gave the opposition hopes of a peaceful resolution to the impasse, that for now looks barren.
School children try to help their own after several of them allegedly capitulated to tear gas from the security forces.
Lately, however, the rallies and protest marches seem to have been rebirthed in the last week of November, with more mega rallies on the horizon, particularly a scheduled protest on Monday, the 3rd of December, that comes on the heels of protest marches held this past Friday and Saturday.
Many schools have been tear gassed today as part of dictator @FEGnassingbe repression of protests. Some students are trying to rescue some of their classmates suffering attacks. This is unacceptable. #Fauremustgo #Togodebout pic.twitter.com/S1b7AHZymN— Farida Nabourema (@Farida_N) November 29, 2018
The massive protests are a direct denunciation of the regime of President Gnassingbé’s attempt organize a referendum this month that will likely allow them to stay in power till 2030.
Protests resume ok #Togo in 9 different cities and will continue till next week. This is a footage of #Sokode, a city of 150,000 people where the regime committed grave atrocities last year and killed over a dozen people. Despite the repression, they re-mobilized #Fauremustgo pic.twitter.com/OXsMZ5NJjT— Farida Nabourema (@Farida_N) November 29, 2018
At the heart of the current political unrest in Togo is the call by the opposition, united in Brigitte Adjamagbo's C14 (platform of fourteen parties), and a young civil society, incarnated by the David Debosse movement of David Dosseh, and the monumental work of social media activists like, Farida Nabourema, who are all calling for the upholding of the 1992 constitution that provides a two two-term presidential limit, and will effectively bar Mr. Gnassingbé, who has been in power since February of 2005, from contesting.
The soldiers of dictator @FEGnassingbe are tear gazing the neighborhood of Agoe to prevent the locals from join. One of the schools received a lot of tear gas causing asthmatic attacks in many students lying here on the floor. #Fauremustgo #Togodebout pic.twitter.com/FBA03mDKRx— Farida Nabourema (@Farida_N) November 29, 2018
The opposition is of the view that the Referendum on presidential term limits due this month is unlikely to be fair and have promised a boycott.
The people of Togo held a massive protest yesterday to denounce the 51 years old Gnassingbé regime ‘s attempt to force for a referendum in December which will allow them rule the country till 2030 #Fauremustgo #Togodebout pic.twitter.com/njWR99OJQb— Farida Nabourema (@Farida_N) November 18, 2018