Posts tagged Protests


Against the grain: Togo leader Gnassingbé resists calls for democratic change

Winds of political change are sweeping through Togo. Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of the capital, Lome calling for president President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé to step down. Protesters are demanding for the end of the “Gnassingbé dynasty”. The Gnassingbé family has ruled Togo for more than 50 years. While the government has made a concession to introduce a two-term presidential limit to calm the volatile political situation, protesters are unyielding, calling for an end to Gnassingbé rule. Democracy has been elusive in many west African states. Togolese people are demanding the return of democracy in the country. Could people power force Gnassingbé out?

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Why South Africans burn their schools

This year marks 40 years since the student uprisings of 1976, after which South Africa was never the same again. At the heart of the student protests was black consciousness – a political awareness of what it meant to be saddled with a grossly inferior education in segregated schools. Schools remain a prime a target for protest action. Just a few recent examples include: in April, angry students burnt down a technical high school in Port St Johns and in May, 28 schools were torched, some razed to the ground in Vuwani, Limpopo.