The demonstrations that began on Monday night continued in central and northern Benin until Thursday. The intervention of the army led to deaths among the demonstrators. After the death of a person shot in Savè, two other deaths were announced in Bantè.
Since Tuesday, the demonstrators, who have erected roadblocks in the centre and north of Benin, to protest against the extension of the mandate of President Patrice Talon, are not letting up. In some places, large cut trees are thrown across the roads, in others, trucks without drivers are parked across the tracks to prevent any traffic. This Thursday morning, the Beninese army, which has so far refrained from using lethal weapons, decided to restore public order. In Savè, there would have been exchanges of fire between hunters and the military. For the time being, the toll is one dead and at least six injured among the demonstrators.
In Bantè, a commune located in the same department as Savè from which it is distant about 120 km, there were two deaths according to information reported by Banouto.info: the first is one of the hunters who confronted the military and the second is a young apprentice aged about twenty years. Here too, there are reports of injuries, although it is not possible at present to know the exact number.
While tension is at its highest point in the Centre and North of the country and raises doubts about the peaceful holding of Sunday’s election in these regions, in the South on the contrary, the electoral campaign is running normally and the President candidate for his own succession was triumphantly welcomed by hundreds of activists, this Thursday in the capital, Porto-Novo.