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Monday, November 8, 1999 Published at 11:59 GMT

World: Africa

Togo students defy ban on protest

Several thousand students and teachers in Togo have defied an official ban to take part in a protest demonstation in the capital, Lome.

The ban was announced late yesterday by the interior minister, General Walla Sising, who denounced the planned protest on television as a plot against the state and accused the organisers of preparing for violence.

Security forces were on hand this morning, but reports from Lome say the demonstration passed off peacefully.

The teachers are demanding the payment of wage arrears, going back six months in some cases, while student protesters want an improvement in their conditions.

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