“Those who tell us not to negotiate, not to argue with the regime, I wish they had offered us something else. Go to the street ? "
Publié le lundi 19 avril 2021, par Gabinho
Far from the ideas of the struggle in the street, Antoine Folly, the general delegate of the Union of Socialist Democrats (UDS-Togo) and former pillar of the C14, now thinks that the only way to achieve a democracy worthy of the name is dialogue.
If the struggle in the street did not lead to alternation, there is no other issue today than to sit around a negotiating table and reach a political compromise that will opens onto a democratic path. “Those who tell us not to negotiate, not to argue with the regime, I wish they had offered us something else. Go to the street ? I shouldn’t be taught a lesson on this. Those who wage war on each other sit down afterwards and negotiate peace. So I’m very hopeful that what we weren’t able to get on the streets we can get through negotiation, through dialogue. Maybe I am too optimistic but from what I have seen so far, this will exists on both sides to reach a political compromise which allows Togo to truly embark on the path of democracy. “, Antoine Folly said at the weekend on a local radio station.
Faced with a dictatorial regime like that of Rpt-Unir, no single party can gain the upper hand, only the united action of democratic forces can overcome. “This is our philosophy : no opposition party can succeed on its own. Once we are in a truly democratic regime, there each party will have the opportunity to show the Togolese what it is and the essence of its political project. But today, our fight must be a fight for the conquest of democracy. We at the UDS, our goal is not to remain in the opposition for life. Our vocation is to come to power and knowing that we cannot do it alone, we advocate the united action of democratic forces to achieve this goal, "said the former member of the C-14.
However, the national consultation of political actors initiated by the Government is part of this logic, however certain political parties such as the DMK and the CAR do not take part because of the diversity of opinions.