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Security Forces Battle Youths in Togo’s Capital

Security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at youths dug in behind blazing barricades in Togo’s capital Wednesday, the second day of protests over the election victory of the late authoritarian ruler’s son. In the opposition stronghold of Be, paramilitary police patrolled main avenues as youths, some with charcoal-painted faces and armed with slingshots and machetes, took cover in the dirt backstreets behind roadblocks of burning tires and bricks. The capital Lome slipped into urban warfare just minutes after officials announced Tuesday that Faure Gnassingbe, son of Gnassingbe Eyadema who ruled the former French colony for nearly four decades, had won a weekend presidential election. Full Story

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