Police and protesters from Arise Ghana clash

The police on Tuesday fired tear gas to disperse members of the pressure group Arise Ghana as they protest over high cost of living in Accra.

The demonstrators were wielding placards with inscriptions such as “Mr President where is our money?” “We are tired of you and your government,” among others.

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Some of the protesters pelted objects at the police as security officers fired tear gas in the melee at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

The police said 12 personnel were injured in the clash.

Below is an official statement from the police:

“This behaviour is unacceptable and must be condemned,” the police added.

At least 10 demonstrators have been arrested, said a police source.

The two-day protest is expected to end on Wednesday.

Motivation for the protest

Organisers of the Arise Ghana demonstration have said that the reasons for their action include the persistent and astronomical hikes in the cost of fuel.

The organisers maintain that repeated increases in fuel prices have inflicted excruciating hardship and financial distress on Ghanaians already struggling to cope in a tough economic climate.

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They also say they are protesting against the imposition of the Electronic Transfer Levy (E-Levy) on the Ghanaian people by the government, and are demanding a full-scale, bipartisan parliamentary probe into spending of monies for COVID-19 relief.

Story by Asaase Radio


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