Togo opposition parties demand resignation of Faure Gnassingbe over protest deaths

The Coalition of Opposition Parties in Togo is calling on President Faure Gnassingbe to step down after gendarmerie killed at least two protesters over the weekend.

Some members of the opposition over the weekend demanded an end to the Gnassignbe dynasty, calling for a return to the 1992 constitution.

At least two persons were reported dead while several others were injured after the protest rallies.

Others were also arrested.

At a press conference on Tuesday, the Coalition demanded a commission of inquiry into the circumstances that led to the death of the protesters.

Speaking to TV3’s Komla Klutse in an interview after the press conference in Lome, General Secretary of the Coalition Brigit Kafui Johnson said there could be more deaths as the government is concealing the exact figure.

She said the protests were held concurrently in six cities but that in opposition stronghold Sokode turned fatal.

Ms Johnson said workers have been asked to stay off work on Friday in further protests while the opposition parties demand the release of the arrested.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

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