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Togo Pro-Government Militia (Togo)

Name assigned by coder: yes
PGM ID Number: 29
Country: Togo
Date formed: Feb. 28, 2005
Details of Formation:
Date dissolved: Unknown
Details of Termination:
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type1
Government Link(s): political party
Training and Equipment yes
Shared Information and Joint Operations yes
Shared personnel no information
Types of Material Support: domestic government
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: adolescents; party activists
Location: Atakpame, Lome, northern Togo
Force Strength: [unknown, unknown]
Target(s): unarmed political opposition, government critics
Purpose(s): intimidate political opposition
Other Information: also knows as 'death squadrons', Most violence and activities reported about this group occurred when the son of deceased head of state Gnassingbe Eyadema, Faure Gnassingbe had initially assumed the presidency in February 2005 after this father's death, even though the constitution stipulated that parliamentary speaker Fambare Natchaba was to become president, pending elections. Further violence was reported amidst claims of fraud during the Apr. 24 2005 presidential poll, claimed to be won by Faure Gnassingbe.