Monday, February 14, 2005

Togo - The West African nation of Togo is in a state of unrest as street protests and a general strike threaten to unseat the government. A number of demonstrators were shot and killed by riot police after police say they attempted to seize arms. Most businesses are closed down as are many streets which are blocked by burning barricades. Faure Gnassingbe acceded to the presidency shortly after the February 5, death of his father President Gnassingbe Eyadema, who died of a heart attack, after 38 years of oppressive rule.