The Gnassingbe Dynasty Police, army fire shots at democracy protesters in Togo killing 2

They were protesting against the Gnassingbe family dynasty that has ruled Ghana's Western neighbour for over 45 years.

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Togo's security forces Saturday fired shots at democracy protesters, killing two and injuring many in a bid to disperse the crowd.


They were protesting against the Gnassingbe family dynasty that has ruled Ghana's Western neighbour for over 45 years.

President Faure Gnassingbe succeeded his father,Gnassingbe Eyadema, in 2005. Mr Eyadema ruled the West African country for 38 years.


The protesters called for the reinstatement of the presidential term limited introduced in 1992 after a similar democracy protest erupted at the time.

But 10 years later, Togo's parliament amended the law to allow Eyadema run for another term.


And when died, his son was installed by the military as the president instead of the president of the national assembly.

Tear gas and live bullets were fired at the charged crowd who wearing the red colors of the opposition PNP party, chanting and singing "50 years is too long!"


"We are protesting against the arbitrary nature of governance and denial of freedom to assemble," PNP leader Tikpi Atchadam said.

In Ghana, Togo residents marched to the embassy in Accra to demand the resignation of President Gnassingbe.

The protest also took place in other parts of Africa as part of major move to put pressure on the government to make democracy reforms.

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