Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Violent protests rock Togo over fuel price hike, police shoot protesters (PHOTOS)


Photo credit: Farida Bemba Nabourema
Security officials on Tuesday opened fire on protesters as they marched through cities in Togo to protest increase in fuel price.

The protesters marched through the streets to protest against a recent 10% increase in fuel price announced by the government.

According to Togolese activist Farida Nabourema, gas went from 476 CFA (0.72 euros) to 524 CFA (0.8 euros) and diesel from 478 CFA to 526 CFA.

Fuel price was increased twice in one month.

The increase in the fuel prices at the filling stations, effective from Feb. 28, applies for a two-stroke mixture, super unleaded gasoline and kerosene.

It was a result of the “combined effects of the fluctuations in the global prices of energy commodities and the surge in the value of U.S. dollar”, the government said.

The government underscored that five decreases in fuel price had been carried out over the period from Dec. 25, 2015, to Jan. 26, 2017 and that it continued to subsidise fuel prices.

Security officials trying to clamp down on the protests fired live bullets at the demonstrators, killing one and injuring many others.

On Tuesday evening, in a broadcast, the government called for calm and regretted the death of a civilian during demonstrations.

“One person killed and one injured by firearm among demonstrators” while several police officers were injured, according to the government.

Find pictures below:

Photo credit: Farida Bemba Nabourema

Photo credit: Farida Bemba Nabourema
Photo credit: Farida Bemba Nabourema

Photo credit: Farida Bemba Nabourema

Photo credit: Farida Bemba Nabourema

Photo credit: Farida Bemba Nabourema

Photo credit: Farida Bemba Nabourema


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