Friday, April 26, 2013

Togolese Independence Day

Tomorrow is Togolese Independence Day. While Togo has been nominally independent since 1960, it has spent most of its existence under the French and more recently German supported dictatorships of Gnassingbe Edyadema who ruled the country from 1967 until his death in 2005 and since then his son Faure Gnassingbe. There is an active movement by Togolese civil society in opposition to the current regime  that has staged frequent large scale demonstrations against the dictatorship. Unfortunately, this movement gets very little coverage. Even in next door Ghana the freedom struggle in Togo is largely ignored.

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