Police fire tear gas at protesters in Togo capital

AP News
Posted: Jun 12, 2012 6:45 PM
Police fire tear gas at protesters in Togo capital

Witnesses say police used tear gas to disperse some 20,000 protesters in the West African nation of Togo.

Tuesday's protests, which began as peaceful demonstrations against the adoption of a new electoral code, left at least 20 people injured and witnesses said at least five people were arrested.

Togo is due to hold legislative and municipal elections in October. But Togolese opposition parties have expressed disagreement about a new formula for the redrawing of boundaries for constituencies.

Adrien Kpogo, one of the protest organizers, says there must be consensus or "we will chase them out of power through a revolution."

President Faure Gnassingbe seized power in 2005 after the death of his father, a former dictator. The country's 2010 election handed victory once more to the same family that has ruled Togo for nearly half a century.