Togo’s security minister, Colonel Yark Damehame, told the local Radio Victoire that the arrest of Alassane, who is close to the Panafrican National Party (PNP), was justified. There is no doubt in my mind.
“In his sermons he has been calling for violence and hatred… The last straw was last Friday when he called on his followers to kill soldiers,” he said. And they did.
Togo was scheduled to host the Africa – Israel Summit next week. The event was cancelled due to the unrest all over Togo.The religion of peace strikes at civilization, humanity and progress yet again.
Several dead in northern Togo after imam arrested
France 24, October 17, 2017 (thanks to Mark Z):
Three people were killed as violence broke out in Togo’s second city, Sokode, after an imam close to the country’s main opposition was arrested, the government said on Tuesday.
“Two soldiers on guard duty at the home of a VIP were lynched and executed and their weapons and ammunition were taken,” it said in a statement.“A young person also died and about 20 other civilians and members of the security forces were injured,” it added.The clashes came against a backdrop of anti-government protests led by Tikpi Atchadam, from the Panafrican National Party (PNP), who has a power base in the northern city.
Ouro Akpo Tchagnaou, from the National Alliance for Change (ANC) party, said: “Electricity was cut off at about 7:00 pm (2100 GMT on Monday) after evening prayers.
“Five police vehicles arrived to arrest Alpha Alassane, a very well-known imam in the city,” he added. “The population felt targeted and took to the streets.”
Clashes lasted throughout the night until calm was restored but the authorities have been warned of renewed protests if Alassane is not freed on Tuesday morning.
— Thomas van Linge (@ThomasVLinge) October 17, 2017
“The situation was hard to put up with last night. The security forces and youths clashed in several parts of the city, with teargas and stone-throwing,” one local told AFP.
“There were burning tyres, barricades erected and buildings were looted,” added ANC spokesman Eric Dupuy.
“Homes were set on fire as well as a bank and premises belonging to (telephone company) TogoCell.”
Togo’s security minister, Colonel Yark Damehame, told the local Radio Victoire that the arrest of Alassane, who is close to the Panafrican National Party (PNP), was justified.
“In his sermons he has been calling for violence and hatred… The last straw was last Friday when he called on his followers to kill soldiers,” he said.
In Bafilo, near Sokode, young people also took to the streets and erected barricades, blocking the main road, said a member of the opposition CAP 2015 coalition, Tchatchibara Akim.
There were clashes in the Agoe area of Lome, which is a PNP stronghold. Youths who burned tyres were dispersed with teargas, according to local residents.
— Farida Nabourema (@Farida_N) October 16, 2017
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