Chaos as police disperse angry NDC supporters; assault others

Chaos as police disperse angry NDC supporters; assault others
Source: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Nathan Gadugah
Date: 27-03-2018 Time: 06:03:40:pm

Police officers applied minimum force to disperse hundreds of National Democratic Congress supporters who blocked the major road in front of the Police Headquarters, Tuesday.

The officers sprayed water cannons and tear gas on the supporters who had defied several orders to move away from the road.

Joy News’ Parker Wilson who was panting described the situation as “chaotic” with the police running after the protestors and the media as well.

Joy News' Latif Iddrisu who was present at the police HQ was kicked and assaulted by scores of police personnel. He was only doing his job.

The police allegedly hit his head with the butt of the gun as well. He is expected to file an official complaint against the police.

Supporters of the NDC were also dispersed with equal force. 

But the Northern Region chairman of the NDC, Sofo Azorka told Parker Wilson “we will not go anywhere,” insisting the man who had been arrested ostensibly for making treasonable comments must be released.

The party’s General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia had early on told the supporters to stay on until their comrade Koku Anyidoho is released.

The supporters did not only stay on. They took over the streets just in front of the Police Headquarters creating an unhealthy traffic, Parker Wilson reported.

Passengers who were tired of enduring the traffic decided to alight from the commercial vehicles they had boarded but the conductors of those vehicles demanded for their monies even though the passengers were yet to get to their destinations.

The police had to intervene to allow a free flow of traffic, at least for a while. 

Chief Superintendent Kwesi Ofori told Joy News they had to use minimum force to drive away the errant supporters who will not heed to the advice for them to move away.

He said they had to use "General principles in maintaining law and order," to disperse the crowd.

With threats of the supporters returning to the road, Kwesi Ofori said they will continue to use appropriate measures to keep the supporters away.

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The supporters have vowed to stay on the streets until Koku Anyidoho is released. He was arrested for making treasonable comments.

“On January 13, 1972, a certain Col. Ignatius Kutu Acheampong led a movement that removed the Progress Party from power. Busia was the Prime Minister and Akufo-Addo’s father was a ceremonial president. Somebody should tell Nana Akufo-Addo that history has a very interesting way of repeating itself. There’ll be a civil revolt,” Mr Anyidoho reportedly said in an interview on an Accra radio station, Happy Fm.

He made the comment ahead of a planned demonstration on Wednesday against the controversial Ghana-US military cooperation agreement which was ratified last Friday.

Under the auspices of Ghana first, the demonstration is being organised by a coalition of individuals in other political parties including PNC Chairman Bernard Mornah, as well as executives of the NDC. 

Anyidoho said the 'demo' will be the beginning of civil coup that will topple the government.

At a press conference, Tuesday to announce details of the press conference a number of plain-clothed security officials arrived to arrest Mr Anyidoho.

Even though no official reason was given for the arrest, Myjoyonline.com has learnt the arrest is linked to the comment Mr Anyidoho made on radio. 

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