Bloody clash at Adeisena …Police shoot 7 persons

The irate demonstrators

The irate demonstrators

Seven person have sustained gunshot wounds during a demonstration staged by some farmers in the New Abirem District, of the Eastern Region against mining giant, Newmont Akyem Mines.

 

The victims according to eyewitness clashed with the Counter Terrorist Unit  of the police at Adeisena, on Tuesday morning in an attempt to disperse the irate demonstrators from the premises of the company.

 

Four of the victims who are said to be in critical condition have been rushed to the Eastern Regional hospital while the other three are on admission at the Abirem Government Hospital for treatment.

 

One of demonstrators, Ntiamoah Denkyira, who spoke in an interview with the Ghanaian Times said their protest was staged after several attempts to hold dialogue with authorities of the mining company for renegotiation of royalties paid by the company.

 

He said the irate demonstrators attempted to resist workers of the company from working but the Counter Terrorist Unit intervened.

 

According to him, the farmers have on several occasions called for renegotiation with the farmers and the mining company in respect of royalties paid for the acquisition policy of their farm lands.

 

Mr Denkyira indicated that the company before the commencement of work paid GH¢ 7,100.00 per acre to the farmers for its 15 years concession but the farmers think the money was too small and therefore called for  renegotiation with the hope that Newmont Ghana would increase the benefits paid earlier.

 

Meanwhile, the Eastern Regional Police Command refused to comment on the issue as at the time of filing this report.

FROM DAVID KODJO AND AMA TEKYIWAA AGYEMANG, ABIREM

 

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