At least five people were shot dead on Wednesday in clashes between protesters and security forces in Togo’s two largest cities after soldiers and police launched teargas to prevent the latest anti-government protest.
Security minister Damehame Yark said on state television that about 60 protesters were arrested throughout Togo.
Wednesday was the first of two days of protests by the opposition demanding the reinstatement of Togo’s original constitution, which they say would bar President Faure Gnassingbe from a fourth term in 2020.
Police shot tear gas to disperse protesters in a number of neighborhoods in the capital of Lome, where demonstrators erected roadblocks and set tires on fire.
Protests began two months ago over the president’s tenure.
Three people died Tuesday in clashes in central Togo after the arrest of a religious leader tied to an opposition politician.
Culled from AP