Togo’s weekend of anti-Gnassingbe dynasty protests: the story so far

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Thousands of Togolese nationals held demonstrations in about half a dozen cities around the world including north of the capital Lome where it turned deadly after clashes with security forces.

Reports on the ground indicate that some of the protesters prevented the lynching of some of the security forces who sustained injuries.

The opposition has sworn to continue the protests until the end of the Gnassingbe dynasty. Faure’s mandate ends in 2020 and it is unclear if he will stand again for re-election.

He is currently the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).