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Photos: Togolese demonstrate in the Hague for end to Gnassingbe rule

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
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Some Togolese in the Netherlands have demonstrated in the city of Hague to drive home their demands for the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe and reforms in the Constitution for the current President not to continue the over four decade rule of his late father. 

The demonstration by the Togolese in Hague is also to put pressure on the international community to act on the demand for the removal of Faure Gnassingbe.

Some opposition parties and Togolese have since last month embarked on violent demonstrations in the country, leading to the death of three and several injuries, to register their displeasure with the long presidential rule of the Gnassingbe family.

In a viral social media footage, some women in Togo went on a topless demonstration in front of security personnel calling for an end to the 50-year rule of the Gnassingbe dynasty after Faure's father, Eyadema ruled the country for 38 years before his death in 2005. 

But several thousand activists of the governing Union for the Republic ("Unir" parti), all dressed in white T-shirts bearing the image of President Faure Gnassingbé, marched through the streets of Lomé to support the president.

Meanwhile, human rights group, Youth for Human Rights Africa (YoHRA) has expressed concern about the apparent silence of the international community on the developments in Togo.

YoHRA is calling on the regional body, African Union (AU) as well as the sub-regional body, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to act in protection of the fundamental human rights of the protesters.