News24

Cops fire teargas on Togo protesters

2012-07-06 18:01

Lome - Police in the capital of Togo have fired tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters who were attempting to hold a demonstration inside a stadium.

Before the rally could begin, security forces cordoned off the venue and lobbed tear gas at the angry youths trying to approach.

The clash on Thursday spread to the opposition neighbourhoods of Be and Deckon in Lome. The number of casualties could not immediately be confirmed.

Organiser Zeus Atta-Messan Ajavon said they were planning to hold a peaceful meeting to air their grievances. A government communiqué said the demonstration was not approved.

Togo is due for legislative elections in October. The same family has ruled Togo for almost half a century. Faure Gnassingbe assumed power in 2005 after the death of his father, the long-time dictator.