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NEWS: Violence Breaks out in Togo After Election

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posted on Apr, 24 2005 @ 07:22 PM
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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.
 



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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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posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 09:00 AM
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If they have oil they will be getting visitors


Violence in African nations- what happened there? Coloialism kind of left decades ago. Still hung up on tribalism?



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