UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The government of Togo has restored internet access after a six-day shutdown to control anti-government protests.
Amnesty International estimated at least 100,000 protesters marched in the streets of the capital Lomé on Wednesday, Sept. 6, with protests stretching over three days.
Protesters demanded the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbé, who has been in power since 2005, and the restoration of the 1992 constitution which limits the president to two terms in office.
In response, the government shut down mobile internet to prevent protesters from organizing.
One government spokesman defended the move saying, “Even in the most developed countries, authorities take control of telecommunications in some cases.”
Togo’s government also canceled an Israel-Africa summit scheduled for October, without giving a reason for the cancellation.
The protests have steadily declined from their height on Wednesday without the deadly violence seen in previous protests.