The streets of Lome, capital of Togo was lined with protesters today who were calling for the exit of President Faure Gnassingbe. Faure has been in power for 15 years, taking over from his father Gnassingbe Eyadema who ruled for 38 years.
Faure had promised to hold talks with opposition groups since November but has been mute so far. The regional mediators, Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Alpha Conde of Guinea have also been working to open negotiations between the sides.
According to Punch, Leader of the opposition National Alliance for Change, Jean-Pierre Fabre told AFP during the protests:
For now the Guinean and Ghanaian presidents are trying to have ‘appeasement measures’ taken so that the talks can start. The protests are going to continue until our demands our met
The crowd today covers over a kilometer. The people of Togo are not backing off. We want change and we want it now. 50 years of dictatorship is ENOUGH #Togodebout #Fauremustgo@SaharaReporters @LeahHardingAJE @Omojuwa@DOmowale @Smith_JeffreyT @Daniel_Finnan
BBC report one of tte protester saying , Na di third time dis week wey dem go protest against President Faure Gnassingbe wey don rule Togo for more than 15 years.
For November, im bin promise say government go do talk-talk with opposition groups “within several weeks”, but since then im just keep silent.
One of di people wey dey protest, Farida Nabourema tweet as e bin dey happen. She tweet say “people dey win di struggle against dictatorship”
Di protests wey don dey happen for Togo since August, na join-bodi of 14 opposition parties, dey organize am. Dem say dem go only follow government talk, if government release people wey dem arrest, and also comot ban on top protest for northern cities and send army back to barrack.
People wey wan help settle di matter, including Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo and Guinea President Alpha Conde don dey work so dat di two sides go gree talk.
Gnassingbe don be president of of di country since 2005, as im take over after im papa wey bin don rule Togo for 38 years, die.
Di opposition parties want two-term limits for presidents, and say make dem carry am go back so Gnassingbe no go fit contest for 2020 and 2025 elections.