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Togo’s opposition sues govt over attack on leaders


Protests to end Gnassingbe family dictatorship continue

John Eche


The ANC-led opposition in the West African nation of Togo has initiated legal action against the government of President Faure Gnassingbe over the shooting incident at it’s end-year rally in December 2017.

In that event, a car conveying opposition leader, Jean-Pierre Fabre was shot at by security personnel and the opposition is alleging that the intent was to cause bodily harm to the occupants.

A statement from the National Alliance for Change (ANC) outlined that it had then gone ahead to initiate legal proceedings to prosecute the perpetrators and sponsors of what it describes a the “assassination attempt” on its leaders.

The incident took place specifically on December 28, 2017, and the ANC statement was signed by Isabelle Ameganvi, vice-president of the ANC.

It stated that “these actions fall within the framework of the repression” of the march organized late December last year by the coalition of the 14 opposition political parties.

The political demonstration “was savagely repressed by the defence and security forces who fired on the vehicle of the opposition leader, President Jean-Pierre Fabre,” the party emphasized.

Meanwhile, the string of protests designed to terminate 50 years of rule by the Gnassingbe family in Togo are continuing.

President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo

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