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Togo: Clashes at the University of Lomé June 14-16

Violent protests and several arrests at the University of Lomé June 14-16; further protests likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/19/2017, 12:00 AM until 6/22/2017, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lome). COUNTRY/REGION Togo

Event

Violence broke out during protests at the University of Lomé between June 14 and June 16. Students first gathered on June 14 to demand access to administrative and student services, such as bonus payments and a functional bus system to get to class. The protest was quickly dispersed by security forces - under the claim that it was unauthorized - and clashes erupted with the students. Similar incidents occurred on June 15 and 16. Security forces made a number of arrests, including of the president of the Togolese Student Rights League. Classes resumed on Saturday, June 17; however, students are demanding the release of the arrested students and threatening further protests.

Context

Since October 2016, the education sector in Togo has been significantly affected by numerous student and teacher protests. On March 6, students staged a 72-hour strike to demand the immediate resumption of classes amid a long  teacher strike. Education unions also carried out a 96-hour strike in December 2016, as well as series of protests in October disrupting the 2016/2017 back-to-school period.

Advice

Individuals present in Togo are advised to keep abreast of the situation and avoid any related protests.

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