Dozens hurt, arrested in 3 days of Togo protests
LOME, Togo (AP) — Togo’s political opposition says dozens of people have been wounded and arrested in three days of protests in the West African nation.
Zeus Atta Mensah Ajavon, leader of the opposition coalition, told The Associated Press on Thursday that at least 56 people have been seriously hurt this week.
The government said more than 30 police and security officers were wounded as well.
Togo is due to hold legislative and municipal elections in October. But Togolese opposition parties have expressed disagreement about a new formula for the redrawing of boundaries for constituencies.
President Faure Gnassingbe seized power in 2005 after the death of his father, a longtime dictator. The country’s 2010 election handed victory once more to the same family that has ruled Togo for nearly half a century.