… Clashes With Police At Sunyani

Yesterday’s demonstration by Organised Labour across the regions went on as planned, but not without some nasty incidents, especially in the Brong Ahafo Region.

Our correspondents say the turnout was massive in most of the regions.

From Sunyani Daniel Dzirasah reports that a number of demonstrators were arrested and others severely beaten by the police, following disagreement over the number of people who should present the petition to the Regional Minister at the Regional Co-ordinating Council.

After a peaceful demonstration which started from the Sunyani Post Office through the principal streets of Sunyani, the police made it clear to the demonstrators that only the leadership of the various unions would be allowed to present the petition to the Regional Minister, but that did not go down with the crowd, who engaged the police in verbal exchanges.

The police fully armed, mounted a human blockade on the road leading to the RCC. In the midst of agitations, the police, led by the Regional Deputy Police Commander ACP Patrick Adusei Sarpong, fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd who ran helter skelter.

The injured, including a revered minister who at the time was withdrawing money at the Fidelity Bank near the scene, were rushed by the Ghana Ambulance Service to the Regional Hospital for treatment.

The incident attracted a large crowd on the street, thus creating a traffic jam for sometime.

Kingsley E. Hope reports from Kumasi that only a cross section of workers hit the streets of Kumasi for the demonstration.

As usual, stores and shops were opened with brisk business at Adum, and other places.

Some of the protestors who decided to use the main Prempeh II Street to the RCC were blocked by the police at the point where the statue of Prempeh II is located.

The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Kofi Boakye, explained that the street was not designated for the demonstration.

That prompted the demonstrators to retreat peacefully, but chanted that they were disappointed about the government’s apparent inability to tackle challenges facing the economy resulting in devastating effects on the people.

They said prices of basic items kept increasing daily, making it difficult for them to make savings on their income.

Hundreds of workers in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis, defied the early morning showers to demonstrate against the high cost of living, reports Clement Adzei Boye.

At exactly 8.30 am, the workers   accompanied by brass band music , started the demonstration holding   placards some which of read “Some de chop some de suffer, ‘ Corruption must stop’, ‘Depreciation of the cedi’ ‘Taxes are killing us’, ‘Stop the importation of flour’, and ‘The Lonhro project is illegal’

From the Jubilee Park, the anxious workers went through the Kwame Nkrumah roundabout, the Liberation Road , the All Needs Supermarket intersection at the traffic light, then joined the highway to the Paa Grant round about, through the T-Poly junction, Effia Nkwanta Hospital, Adiembra, Kweikuma Gyandu, rail crossing and then to the Residency to present their petition.

As early as 6.30 a.m., a police detachment, led by DSP Gordon Kodua fully armed with riot gear and supported by   riot   vehicles, were   already positioned at the Jubilee Park to maintain law and order. There were also reinforcement from the district commands.

Highlights of their petition presented to Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo, the Western Regional Minister, touched on the dire and deteriorating economic and social conditions, the   prevailing high cost of living, corruption and   poor fiscal policies.


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