Police Chase Arise Ghana NDC Demo Organizers …29 Rioters Face Court

lice had to fire teargas into the crowd after some protesters decided to push the police who had built a barricade to stop them from taking unapproved routes by moving from the Kwame Nkrumah Circle towards the Ringroad Central leading to the Jubilee House as all attempts by the police to persuade them to use the court-approved routes did not yield the expected result.

The altercation happened after organizers met with top officials of the police service to discuss the way forward following an obstruction when protesters tried moving from Obra Spot.

Police officials on the ground had suggested that organizers stick to the court’s assigned route for the demonstration, that is from Obra Spot through to the Independence Square.

But organizers of the Arise Ghana demonstration who did not agree to this insisted that they will use the Ring Road Central area through Ako Adjei Interchange to the Jubilee House.

After the meeting with the police, organizers returned to address the crowd about the situation but during this period, aggrieved protesters went against the police and tried pushing back the barricade.

Consequently, the police fired teargas to disperse the crowd who at a point was not only pushing against the police but attacking the police by pelting them with stones and objects, resulting in the injury of some 12 officers who were on the ground to provide protection.

An earlier statement issued by the police said 12 of their personnel got injured as a result of the incident.

The demonstrators also damaged police properties including their vehicles in the process as they further regrouped and burnt lorry tires on the road around Circle but police managed to put all the fire off.

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