“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel
It is now new effort to stifle the voices of opposition against the second generation dictator of Togo. This time the Togolese government is silencing the people, because the President Faure Gnassingbe whose planning his third term and extend the family rule from 1967 until oblivion. The Second Generation Dictator Gnassingbe has held his reign since 2005. Therefore, he has already held power for over 13 years.
That is why he misuses the power, because he has inherited it and doesn’t respect the people, since never had too. This is the reason for the Togolese oppression. Gnassingbe is acting as an entitled brat, who uses power to silence and stop the public from addressing their concerns. That is why the police is arresting and detaining civilians as they protest the injustice of this rule.
That is why this is issued now:
“The government of Togo has banned street demonstrations for the next eight days, during a period when a series of regional activities would be held in the country. The ban will be in effect from Monday, July 23, to August 1. Yark Damehane, Togo’s Minister of Security and Civil Protection, said demonstrations are prohibited “in order to reserve a warm welcome to the illustrious guests and to guarantee the serenity of the work”. Togo will host the first-ever joint summit of the Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic and Monetary Community of Central African States (CEMAC) on July 30, 2018. This meeting will be followed by the ECOWAS Ordinary Summit the next day” (Newsbreak.ng, 2018).
We can hope that the Togolese demonstrations continues, especially when the ECOWAS is visiting, as the President is the Chairman of the ECOWAS for the moment. It would be humiliating and insulting to his pride, if there was a functioning sit-down strikes, making ghost-towns and also demonstrations in the street. If the police brutality and violence appear during the ECOWAS, this demonstrations will be put on stage world-wide, they will not just be a domestic issue.
That is what is needed, that the Togo Debout is acting up, even as the demonstrations are barred. The Togolese Army will certainly shut it down, just as the police would do too. But it will be humiliating and make the screams for liberation from the shackles of the Gnassingbe family, whose been ruling the Togolese Republic since 1967. That is the reason why the public is tired of being taken for granted.
It is a not a family business, but a republic. A republic that deserves governance and transparency, where the people are respected and ruled by representatives they are picking. Not just the loyalist and cronies of one family.
Faure Gnassingbe and the family doesn’t own, Togo, even if they act like it. Gnassingbe should understand that, but entitlement and arrogance is in the way. The Togolese deserves and has the right to demonstrate for a just society and rulers they picks. Not something you inherit, they should have the ability to elect the righteous leader. Peace.
Newsbreak.ng – ‘Togo Bars Protests Ahead Of ECOWAS Summit’ 22.07.2018 link: https://www.newsbreak.ng/2018/07/togo-bars-protests-ahead-of-ecowas-summit/