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TOGO: The protests of the opposition were on the second day yesterday, the populations are still massively out.

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“More than yesterday and better than today”. This expression summarizes the strong popular mobilization recorded yesterday during the demonstration in Lomé. Unlike the first day when demonstrators were gathered in the lower St. Joseph to listen to the speeches, they decided to occupy Place Deckon until the departure of Faure Gnassingbé. In the evening, opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre made a statement in which the opposition demanded discussions on the departure of Faure Gnassingbé. </ Strong>

The demonstrations of the opposition were on the second day yesterday. The populations are still out massively, at the call of political parties and civil society organizations both in Lomé and in other cities of the interior. Epicenter of the movement of demands, Lomé experienced for this second day a greater mobilization. Thousands of people joined the demonstrators to inflate the masses. Despite the rain that hit the capital, departures took place at different points before midday. “What is happening today is not rain that will dissuade us from demonstrating to get what we want. We are determined and we will defeat, “assured a protester.

Henceforth, the demands were no longer confined to the return to the Constitution of 14 October 1992 and the voting of the diaspora. The protesters demanded the departure of Faure Gnassingbe’s power. To put pressure on the regime, they occupied the Boulevard of January 13 at the level of the Carrefour Deckon as well as the extension of the Avenue Maman N’danida until the Dove of the Peace. “We do not know what we will do in the depths of Saint Joseph. We were there yesterday (Wednesday, Editor’s note) and we do not know why to go. We are in Deckon and we will stay there until the departure of Faure Gnassingbé, “said another protester.

Stay at Deckon and spend several days there, even at the cost of their lives. It was the unanimous decision taken by the protesters, taking unawares the political leaders who were prevented from leading the mass to the announced place of the meeting. Jean-Pierre Fabre, Brigitte Adjamagbo-Johnson, Dodji Apévon, the leaders of the Pan-African National Party (PNP) and the other democratic forces engaged in the struggle for political alternation had to yield to popular pressure. “We will stay here until the demands we make are executed. As political leaders, it is our duty to carry the message of the people. I can tell you that we are here by the will of the people and we will leave only when we have what the people ask for. This means that from the outset we have demanded a return to the Constitution of 14 October 1992, a diaspora vote and electoral reforms. But today, the people say they want the authorities to leave. We can only carry that requirement. The modalities of the departure of power will be discussed when there is discussion. If they want to disperse the movements and repress, we are ready to assume that, “said Fulbert Attisso.

In an interview, CAP 2015 President Brigitte Adjamagbo-Johnson said that an opposition delegation had been received by Ibn Chambas, the representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Africa, Where is. The opposition told the diplomat to convey to the head of state the message of the people demanding his departure from power.

As in Lomé, there are signs of a hardening of movements in several other localities of the country. To spend the night in Deckon Square, the demonstrators improvised songs and dances.

In the evening, politicians produced a statement read by opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre. The opposition calls on Faure Gnassingbe to take full advantage of the aspirations of the sovereign Togolese people, which requires immediate discussions on the conditions of his departure.

Source: Freedom No.2512 of Friday, September 8, 2017 / By Géraud A.

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SENEGAL – Harassment, food tampering, communication ban: the Diomaye Coalition President alert on the conditions of detention of his candidate

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Bassirou Diomay Faye

The Diomaye Coalition President warns about the conditions of detention of candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye. The members of the said coalition inform that his visiting days have been changed and he can only receive visits on Tuesdays and Wednesdays within the Court. He is also prohibited from telephone communications. The Diomaye Président coalition denounces this relentlessness against its candidate and holds the regime responsible for any attack on the physical or moral integrity of their candidate.

“Following the official launch of the Diomaye President Coalition and the massive adhesions of opposition leaders, it was expected that the government in power would reinstate the candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye in his rights, particularly in the context of a presidential election of which he is undoubtedly the favourite,” reads a statement.

However, the Coalition announces that the Prison Administration, under the responsibility of the Minister of Justice, has decided to unilaterally and without justification tighten the conditions of detention of candidate Bassirou Diomaye FAYE by:

“A unilateral modification of his visiting days now, the candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye can only receive visits on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and this within the Court itself. A ban on telephone communications under the pretext that the favorite candidate in the presidential election whose campaign begins in two days has conversations whose purpose is political. A continuous harassment of the room of the candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye is now searched at every turn.”

Moreover, she notes a «lack of security measures despite her status as a candidate in the presidential election of February 25, 2024 and multiple alerts on probable alterations of the food served to her. Candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye no longer has breakfast.”
The Diomaye President coalition denounces this relentlessness against its candidate. “We strongly denounce this umpteenth violation of the principle of equality between candidates in the presidential election of February 25, 2024. We call for the immediate release of Bassirou Diomaye Faye to actively participate in the election campaign.”

In any case, she stresses, «the State of Senegal has the responsibility to ensure its protection if it unjustly decides to maintain it in the bonds of detention».

In short, the Diomaye Coalition President indicates that «Macky Sall, Aissata Tall Sall and Amadou Ba will be held responsible for any attack on the physical or moral integrity of the candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye».

Source : PressAfrik

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SENEGAL – 100.000 Housing: Ismaila Madior Fall á Bambilor for the inauguration

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This Friday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese from outside, Ismaila Madior Fall, accompanied by Minister Annette Ndiaye Seck, will inaugurate the “City of the Diaspora” in Bambilor. This project aims to prevent the creation of new slums and encourage the mass production of accessible housing.

According to the Observer, the aim is to boost and diversify the supply of housing for low-income and/or irregular households, while facilitating access to adapted bank financing. With a clear vision of strengthening the construction ecosystem, this initiative demonstrates the commitment of the Senegalese government to its diaspora.

The 100,000 units planned in this project were developed in partnership with the Senegalese government and its collaborators, seeking to meet the specific housing needs and concerns of Senegalese living abroad.

Source: PressAfrik

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SENEGAL – Thione Niang “I have no program, I have a vision”

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Thione Niang ©Ze-Africanews

Social entrepreneur Thione Niang is a candidate in the February 2024 election. In this exclusive interview, he reveals his vision, his projects in particular, “Give One project”, “JeufZone” which includes an agricultural component, training but also women’s empowerment. 

It was an opportunity for the social entrepreneur to look back on his beginnings, on the process of returning to his country of origin, Senegal. He addressed the political question: his involvement in the political ring while giving his opinion on the Senegalese political landscape. 

African politics is another aspect of this interview. The urgency of the industrialization of the continent, the urgency of helping African youth so that they have the same opportunities for development as other young people in the world, is close to his heart. 

On the question of the African school, Thione Niang proposes a redesign of it, starting with a paradigm shift and especially the content of the teachings. According to him, we must return to our fundamentals, namely our own models of identity representations, notably Cheikh Anta Diop or Nkrumah. 

Thione Niang, also told us about vision, his vision and not a program, to give each Senegalese what he deserves both in terms of education, health, but also on the development of infrastructure, which, according to him, necessarily passes first and foremost through food self-sufficiency, hence his return to the land for an assertive agricultural progress.

He ended up sending a strong message to all Senegalese.

The rest of the interview on this link:

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