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We’ll prosecute offenders at the Arise Ghana demo – Police

1st July 2022

The Ghana Police Administration has disclosed that alleged offenders arrested during the Arise Ghana demonstration will be prosecuted.

The first day, Tuesday June 28 2022 of the two-day demonstration by the Arise Ghana group was marred by violent clashes between the Police and the demonstrators.

In commending the demonstrators and security personnel deployed, the Police also maintained that those arrested in connection with disturbances during day one of the demonstration will be made to face justice.

“We are grateful to the general public for their cooperation and understanding in the spite of the inconvenience the demonstration undoubtedly caused them.

“Whilst we continue to register our disappointment at the riotous conduct of the demonstrators on the first day, we commend them for their comportment today which, we hope would provide lessons for the future occasions to help deepen our democratic practices as country,” the police disclosed in a statement signed by Director Public Affairs, Grace Ansah-Akrofi.

She continued: Meanwhile, we wish to reiterate our commitment to the rule of law in this country and bring all those who breached the law during the demonstration, to face justice.”

However, a group calling itself, Lawyers in Search of Democracy (LINSOD) has expressed worry why the police have disallowed lawyer’s access to arrested person during demonstration.

“We are further appalled and disgusted by the fact that persons could be held without being informed of their crimes and their right to have access to counsel. There could be no better way of breaching the human rights of individuals than what is being displayed here.

“We are very disappointed in the Ghana Police for the lack of professionalism being displayed and the brazen display of sheer brute force. The police must live up to its label as a “service” and provide protection in a professionalism way to demonstrators,” spokesperson of the group, Chris-Arcmann Ackummey disclosed in a statement dated June 29, 2022.

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