The violent attacks on police by Arise Ghana protesters on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, confirmed earlier security intelligence that the country is being destabilized.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister, made the claim in an interview with Metro TV in response to the clash between police and protesters at the Obra Spot, Kwame Nkrumah Circle.
“There is an obvious attempt to create instability in our country, and we don’t need to mince words about it. “And there is a trajectory, first there was a group that wanted to demonstrate with weapons, then there was this group that said they wanted to demonstrate throughout the night till the morning and the Police raised obvious questions,” Mr Oppong Nkrumah said.
In light of recent terrorist attacks in neighbouring countries, the Minister stated that those actions should not be ignored by well-meaning Ghanaians.
As a result, he praised the police for their professionalism and calm demeanour in the face of protestors’ provocations.
The Minister claimed that the violent attacks on the police were pre-planned because some protestors brought car tyres and gasoline to the Obra Spot “with a clear intention” to cause trouble, and that they should be condemned by all.
“My heart goes to the policemen and women who sustained various degrees of injuries. In fact, the Interior Minister and I visited them at the Police Hospital and I saw some policewomen, with the good intention to serve their nation, who were injured,” Mr Oppong Nkrumah lamented.
The protesters threw stones at the police, forcing the officers to use tear gas and rubber bullets, injuring both the officers and the protesters.
Arise Protesters in Ghana wanted to take a specific route for their demonstration, but the police obtained a court order to prevent them from doing so.
The court order also prevented the protest from continuing into the night, resulting in a standoff between the Police and Arise Ghana’s leadership.
The group planned to take the ring road to the Jubilee House, the seat of government, to present a petition to the Presidency about the country’s economic hardship.
According to a statement issued in Accra by Chief Superintendent Grace Ansah-Akrofi, Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, 29 protesters have been arrested so far, and the Police are reviewing video footage to make more arrests.
The protest caused injuries as well as damage to police vehicles and other property.