Kodjo, Togo’s main opposition leader, was being arrested for declaring himself president despite losing the February 22 elections. “Gentlemen, you are not invited to the party this morning. Look for another place and clear off the scene,” a police officer warned the reporters, shortly before another attacked them with tear gas. Police fired tear gas despite the media professionals visibly displaying their press badges, vests and working tools. Tesko and another freelance journalist, Fare-Kpadja Sherifa, who left the scene dragging along their motorbikes were stopped by a furious police officer who felt they were delaying in leaving the scene.
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