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25 Oct 2018 | 01:46 PM UTC

Togo: Opposition calls for resumption of protests October 23 /update 1

The C14 opposition coalition calls for supporters to resume protests nationwide on October 23 following meeting in Lomé; heightened security presence and transportation disruptions expected



Leaders of the C14 opposition coalition called for supporters to resume peaceful nationwide demonstrations following a meeting in Lomé on Tuesday, October 23. The coalition released a statement accusing the government of blocking the implementation of the ECOWAS roadmap to end the ongoing political crisis. According to the C14, the government continues to arrest opposition activists and has refused to release detainees. Opposition leaders also claimed the massive deployment of security forces into Sokodé and Kara has prevented their supporters from organizing political activities. As of Thursday, October 25, specific details regarding protests led by the C14 coalition have not been announced.


The current wave of political protests comes amid negotiations - which resumed on June 27 after a three-month suspension - between the government and the opposition. According to a statement issued by opposition leaders, the government has refused to comply with a list of previously agreed upon demands, including the return to the 1992 constitution as well as a referendum on constitutional amendments to reform the electoral system. 

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent months to demand that President Faure Gnassingbé, in power since 2005, step down. Over a dozen people have been killed in opposition protests ongoing since mid-August 2017. 


Individuals in Togo, particularly Lomé, are advised to avoid all public gatherings due to the risk of violence, closely monitor developments, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

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