posted on Apr, 24 2005 @ 07:22 PM
Violence erupted in the West African nation of Togo after voting was completed in a controversial presidential election. Fires have been set by
protesters and shots are ringing out in the capital city of Lomé. At least one protester has been killed by police according to opposition
activists. The elections were held to replace the late Gnassingbe Eyadema who had been in power for 38 years.
Violence has broken out immediately after voting in controversial presidential elections in the West African state of Togo, with opposition activists
saying police killed at least one protester. Authorities and the regional grouping, ECOWAS, are appealing urgently for calm.
While shots could be heard in Lome late Sunday, authorities read a statement on television banning all public demonstrations.
Earlier, protesters set ablaze tires on main streets, and also regrouped around polling centers in opposition areas, saying they were preventing the
army from stealing ballot boxes.
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Most nations in Africa are quite unstable. It should make those of us in the U.S., Europe and other developed democratic nations happy that, despite
our intense polical debates and rhetoric, we can hold elections like these on a regular basis with little or no violence.
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