UPDATE ON NATIONWIDE PROTESTS OF AUGUST 19, 2017
August 20, 2017
The Panafrican National Party – or PNP, Parti National Panafricain – staged a series of government-sanctioned protests across the country on Saturday, August 19, 2017. The protests took place in Lomé, Anié, Sokodé, Bafilo, and Kara.
Government forces dispersed the protests in many of the cities with paramilitary police (gendarmes) and less-than-lethal crowd control agents, including tear gas. Clashes between protestors and government forces in Sokodé turned violent, with official reports declaring two civilian deaths and a number of injuries among civilian and government personnel.
Official reports as of today, August 20, indicate that calm has returned to all cities and that traffic is moving about feely and normally. Government forces in Sokodé continue to maintain an elevated presence of security forces, but circulation in the city and travel along the National Route is not impeded.
The U.S. Embassy in Lome reminds U.S. citizens to avoid protests and large anti-government gatherings, as even peaceful protests in Togo frequently turn confrontational and sometimes escalate into violence. The U.S. Embassy is not aware of any further impacts to U.S. citizens in Togo as a result of yesterday’s protests but will provide updates as appropriate.
The U.S. Embassy in Lomé is located on boulevard Eyadéma in the Cité OUA neighborhood north of the city. The Embassy telephone number is +228 22 61 54 70, and the consular section may be reached at ConsularLome@state.gov.
For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens should call +228 22 61 54 70 and ask to speak with the duty officer.