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Protests in Togo After Phone Network Shut-Down

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Over 2,000 people protested in the capital city of the African country of Togo over the weekend after the government shut down a mobile phone network. The Moov network, owned by Atlantique Telecommunications has closed down after negotiations to renew its operating license broke down last week.

Some 600,000 people have lost their mobile phone service as a result of the network closure.

The local Daily Guide newspaper reported that protesters chanted slogans and carried placards, some of which read "MOOV Forever And Ever" and "Prez. Faure Get Our Phone Connections Back".

"The damage of this suspension caused to the people is too much. So the government and MOOV haveto repair the damage. The suffering of the 600 000 subscribers is too much," said the spokesman of the organizers, Guillaume Koko, who is also the president of ABEJ, an NGO which led the demonstrations.

The protestors are also threatening to sue the mobile network for breaches of contract after it refused to pay the 20 billion CFA (USD44 million) license fee the government was demanding.

On the web: Daily Guide

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