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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Togo: government shuts down Catholic radio station
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 The government of Togo has closed a Catholic radio station, as civil unrest followed a disputed election, Fides reported yesterday. Radio Maria, the country's main Catholic radio station, was told to suspend its programmes - along with all other independent means of information, including the Internet," the agency said. Tension was still high yesterday, with at least 30 people killed in the capital Lome alone in clashes between the police and protesters following disputed results of the April elections. Faure Gnassingbé Eyadéma was declared winner of the presidential vote, against the opposition candidate Emmanuel Akitani Bob. The agency said that on Saturday, army troops surrounded the home of Jean Pierre Fabre, General Secretary of the main opposition party Union of Forces for Change. The same day a gang of armed men set fire to a German centre in Lome, the Goethe Institute. In a statement the All African Conference of Churches (AACC) in conjunction with the Bremen Mission, Cevaa-Communauté d'Eglises en Mission, the World Council of Churches (WCC), among other ecumenical partners have appealed for calm. they have asked for the churches in Togo to use their moral authorities to facilitate talks between the political parties, and to the government to protect people's lives as well as their citizenship rights by shunning military interventions. They asked African Union and the United Nations to send delegates to help end on-going confrontations and massacres. Source: CISA
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