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Togo opposition: Three killed in clashes with security forces

Togo opposition rallied against their government

WEST AFRICA–––Togo’s opposition reported on Thursday that three people were shot dead and dozens injured as the West African country’s security forces tried to prevent an anti-government march.

“We’re informed that the provisional toll at 3:30 pm (1530 GMT) is three shot dead in Lome. There have been 44 shot and wounded, and 36 beaten up,” opposition spokeswoman Brigitte Adjamagbo-Johnson told international media.

Togo is going through a political and constitutional crisis with long-reigning autocratic family. Incumbent president Faure Eyedema’s father Gnassingbe Eyedema ruled the tiny West Africa state for almost 40 years. After his death, his assumed leadership and has since been in power for the past decade.

The citizens want the incumbent president to be limited but his supporters and himself are objecting.

Security analysts say President Faure Eyedema might end up being like for Burkina Faso ‘s president Blaise Campaore if he does not heed the voice of the masses.

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Blama G. Konuwah

Blama G. Konuwah resides in Vancouver, Canada. He is a public issues analyst and senior contributor to Globe Afrique.

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