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Protesters Have Returned to the Streets of Togo Despite Growing Military Threats

Hundreds have taken to Lomé, Togo to protest the presidency of Faure Gnassingbé, despite growing military and police threats. #TogoDebout

Demonstrations have resumed on the streets of Lomé, Togo in protest of current president President Faure Gnassingbé.

Several have taken to the capital to demand that the long-standing president—whose family has been in power for over 50 years—resign amidst head police and military presence. People are also pushing for limitations on the presidential term limit.

A government ban on weekday protests was lifted over the weekend in Lomé, while restrictions are still in place in the opposition stronghold, Sokodé, where security forces disbanded large gatherings with gun shots.

Anti-government protests first started back in August. The government put a block on the internet in September in response to public demonstrations. In the past three weeks, 17 people have died and hundreds have been injured since the protests sparked back up, reports BBC Africa.

Togolese Twitter users are currently sharing footage from the protests, using the hashtag #TogoDebout

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The Tanzanian music icon and American star team up on the track from her new album, ALICIA.

Tanzanian star Diamond Platnumz features on Alicia Keys' latest album titled, ALICIA.

Platnumz' influence is clear as the song, titled "Wasted Energy," is a far cry from what is usually expected from the "If I Ain't Got You" singer.

Taking cues and influence from reggae, afropop and the bongo flava that the Tanzanian star is known for, "Wasted Energy" speaks of a lover in a relationship with someone who intentionally ignores their needs and desires.

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