©AfreePress-(Lomé, le 13 avril 2018)- The coalition of the 14 political parties of the opposition (C14) is organizing demonstrations in the streets on 11, 12 and 14, April, 2018 in Lomé and in many other cities to express dissastifaction about the government, which according to them, « their aspirations are not taken into account ».
The announcement of the protests was made on the 13 April, during a meeting with Togolese and international press. During the press conference leaders of the coalition of the 14 political parties made a report on the meeting held with the facilitator, the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo.
A declaration read by the Secretary General of the Committee for Action and Renewal (CAR), Jean Kissi, the Coalition of the 14 political parties decided to protest against « the acts posed by the government in flagrant violation of the spirit of the dialogue».
These include the process continuation of the unilateral preparation of the elections « despite the commitments made by RPT-UNIR », the systematic ban of the public demonstrations including those organized by the civil society organizations and the unions, the multiplication of measures of harassments and arrests of the leaders of the organizations of the civil society and the ongoing state of siege in te cities of Sokodé, Bafilo et Mango.
The facilitator, said the Coalition, stated in his reply to have received a delegation which expressed the concerns of the President of the Republic of Togo Faure Gnassingbé, regarding the delay in the electoral process and the consequences that it could have on the constitutional deadlines for the organization of the election.
The facilitator said, he pointed out to the governmental delegation the electoral process is one of the key points of the dialogue; besides that, he gave the list of the 60 persons in custody to the Presiedent who promised to work on their release.
It should be noted that the President Nana Akufo-Addo promised to the coalition work on the decision taken by the Coalition to continue the protests despite the ban.
Yao O. Afle