Tension and climate of fear reign in Lome as a new demonstration of the banned opposition is to be held this Friday in the Togolese capital. Three people died Thursday (October 19th), shot dead and nearly eighty wounded, according to the assessment given Thursday evening by the opposition, during clashes between young people and Togolese police. Neighborhoods still marked by these clashes.
Burnt tires, breeze blocks, in the neighborhoods of Bè and Kpota traces of violence were still visible. Throughout the morning and for the second consecutive day, young people had erected barricades to protest the ban on marching through the city. Stone-throwing, chases and tear gas marked the day of Thursday in these two strongholds of the opposition.
Result in Thursday night, not a cat in the street. People stayed in their homes, not daring to go out. But in the rest of the capital too, the city seemed asleep.
All day the traffic was shy, many shops closed with almost deserted streets, except some motorcycle taxis on major roads. Everywhere also, the police visible in a number of the strategic points of the capital.
And the headquarters and neighborhood of the ECOWAS, the destination of the march planned by the opposition on Friday, were still closed by the police on Thursday night. The opposition that persists and signs, the motto of mobilization for this Friday is kept in the streets. Despite the clashes, the young remained determined: “Faure has only to leave the power, the mandate he has done, it’s enough like that. We are fed up! ”
France is following with concern the situation in Togo, said Thursday the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs at a press point in Paris. ” We strongly condemn the recent violence that has claimed many lives (and) call on the parties to appease and engage in dialogue. “