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In Togo Internet shut down as fresh protests begin

Internet speeds are slow and access to social media platforms has been limited.

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There is an ongoing internet restriction in Togo as opposition supporters gather to protest against the rule of President Faure Gnassingbé.

Internet speeds are slow and access to social media platforms has been limited, BBC reports.

A protest in the country last month left seven people dead and about 27 arrested.

The protest was to challenge the presidency of Faure Gnassingbe.

The Gnassingbe family has been ruling Togo since 1967 after a coup by Eyadéma.

READ ALSO: Chaos in Lome as protesters declare another day of demonstration

Faure who is also the new chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has won three presidential elections.

play Faure Gnassingbé

 

But many argue that he won those elections under controversial circumstances.

Residents of Togo are now demanding that the Constitution be amended to prevent his family’s continued stay in power.

READ ALSO: Women go topless to demand resignation of President

The government spokesperson Gilbert Bawara told a local radio station that internet access has been restricted.

"Even in most developed countries, authorities take control of telecommunications in some cases," he said.

Mobile internet had been shut down in the capital, Lomé, but wi-fi networks are still working, AFP news agency reports.

Meanwhile, reports are that the demonstrations have begun in many cities and that more are planned for the following days.

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