AfricaNow! October 25, 2017
Topic: Togo Protests for Political Change
Topic and Guest: A movement that is percolating is the one pushing for political change in Togo. Since August people have demonstrated against the further extension of the Gnassingbe government; and there have reports by human rights activists that more than a dozen people have been killed in those protests. The Gnassingbe family has been in power since 1967. The current leader, Faure Gnassingbe took over after an election in 2005 following the death of his father Gnassingbe Eyadema who had been head of the country for 38 years. Recently AfricaNow! had a conversation with Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan in Dakar on the situation in Togo particularly the environment surrounding the protests for political change. Mr. Saidykhan has recently returned from Togo. Mr. Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan is Coordinator of Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity. Mr. Saidykhan is a Gambian human rights activist who organized widespread protests for democratic progress during the tenure of longtime Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh.
(Photo Courtesy of Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan)
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