, presidente dell'UFC
Gilchrist Olympio is the son of Togo's first president, Sylvanus Olympio who was assassinated in
January 1963, in what has been described as the first coup d'etat in
Mr Olympio who was 27 at the time of his father's
murder, accuses President Eyadema of having a hand in the overthrow and
death of his father. But the president vehemently denies that claim.
The enmity and political rivalry between the two men has
become so fierce and intensely personal that commentators are worried
it has transformed the democratic struggle in Togo into a vendetta
between the Eyadema and Olympio families.
Charges of Crimes Against Humanity
I his personal war with the Gnassingbe Family Gilchrist Olympio
has time and time again sent the Togolese people out to their deaths
whilst he is far from the scene in his villa in Paris.
Charge 1 - 23rd of September 1986 - Togo saw blood as heavy machine gun fire, bazookas and incendiary
grenades ripped Lomé into a state of pandemonium leaving several people
dead in its wake.
This attack was funded and controlled by
Gilchrist Olympio. Whilst he was far away from the scene in Ghana safe
from any harm. The people of Lome feared for their lives and 80 people
dead with seveal hundred injured.
Charge 2 - April 2005 - saw
great hope for the people of Togo with teh death of Dictator Eyadema
Gnassingbe and hope of a new democratic era. Sadly Gilchrist Olympio in
his vengefull nature chose to fight the Gnassingbe family rather than
seek peacefull methods for their removal.
Wiping up citizens hopes and expectations
Gilchrist encouraged his supporters and the Togolese people to confront
the Togolese dictatorship head on whilst he himself was far from the
scene in Ghana again out of harms way.
In the violence that ensued the Gnassingbe
government attacked citizens with armed hatred and caused 800 dead,
4500 injured and 36,000 refugees.
Not to mention the lost in property, rapes, dissapeared.
Gilchrist Olympio and his
leadership have always pushed the Togolese citizens into actions whilst
he himself always seems to be far from the action.