Togo Blocks Internet In A bid To Silence Protesters
The internet can cause more harm than good, especially for politicians trying to cling to power for life.
That is the reality playing out in the West African country of Togo.
On Thursday, the Togolese authorities blocked Internet access in the country as protests against the long-time ruler, President Faure Gnassingbe entered a second day.
U.S.-based company Dyn, which monitors the Internet, said traffic dropped off at about 10 o'clock in the morning.
Residents complained of not even being able to send text messages.
The communications minister could not immediately be reached for comment on the cuts.
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Gnassingbe’s family has been in power for close to 50 years and the people are fed up. They just want him out.
Hundreds of protesters began marching from the opposition stronghold of Be towards a meeting in central Lome with police officers walking calmly besides them, a witness told Reuters.
The scale of this week’s protests, which the opposition says were attended by hundreds of thousands of people, represent the biggest challenge to Gnassingbe’s rule since the aftermath of his acsension to power in 2005.
In the past, security forces have violently suppressed protests, killing at least two people during an opposition march in August and hundreds after a contested election in 2005.