The Togolese government has once again banned an opposition meeting, this time citing “security reasons” against a meeting scheduled for Saturday in Lome, according to a statement from Security Minister General Yark Damehame. Dynamic Monsignor Kpodzro (DMK) – which brings together seven opposition political parties and six civil society organizations – called for this meeting to condemn in particular the high cost of living, poor governance and impunity.
as reported from Lomé, Peter Sassou Dogbe
The government banned the meeting Dynamic Monsignor Kpodzro, scheduled for June 25 against all odds. Dynamic Monsignor Kpodzro supported Gabriel Agbéyomé Kodjo’s candidacy and continues to challenge the outcome of the February 2020 presidential election, draws the consequences of this ban on rallies and does not intend to give up.
Brigitte Kafui Adjamagbo-Johnson, coordinator of Dynamique Monseigneur Kpodzro (DMK): “In this country, we will soon be able to exercise our right to organize meetings, our right to organize marches or all kinds of activities to express our dissatisfaction. We have rebooked the meeting until next Saturday, July 16 and it will still take place in Golfe 1, in Bè Kondjindji. We will never allow the right to organize political activities to be taken away from us. It feels like a banana republic and believing that our fate is in the hands of this government, I assure you that this worries many Togolese. We no longer intend to allow those who have forced themselves at the head of this country to continue to sleep in peace, not to occupy themselves at all, except to divert resources and make insufficient decisions that only make Togolese suffer.
In a press release published on the evening of Wednesday 22 June, General Damehame stated that “the organization of such a demonstration in a very worrying current subregional and national security context (was likely to jeopardize efforts to maintain public order and national security)”.