Togo security forces fire tear gas at opposition protesters marching against a potential reelection bid by the country's president. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Security forces in Togo's capital Lome fired tear gas on Friday (November 21) at stone-throwing opposition supporters who were among thousands of people marching against a potential reelection bid by the president. The demonstrators are calling on the government to implement an agreed presidential term limit under which President Faure Gnassingbe would step down next year. The marchers were quickly driven out of the city center, leaving behind empty streets littered with stones. Opposition youths dispersed, erected barricades and set fire to tires, sending plumes of black smoke over the city. Togo's Security and Civil Protection Ministry had announced in a statement read on state television late on Thursday (November 20) that all necessary measures would be taken to prevent opposition demonstrators from reaching the parliament building. The ministry declined to comment when contacted by Reuters following the clashes. Supporters of Gnassingbe organized a larger march earlier on Friday that was held without incident. Gnassingbe was installed as president with army support when his father Gnassingbe Eyadema, who ruled the West African nation for 38 years, died in 2005. Faure Gnassingbe stepped down under regional pressure but won an election months later and was re-elected for a second term in 2010.