Ghana Police Fire Tear Gas To Disperse Protest Over Living Costs


Ghana police fired tear gas and arrested more than two dozen protesters in the capital Accra after a demonstration over soaring living costs turned violent.

The West African nation, reeling from a pandemic-spurred economic slump and hammered by the impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine, has seen inflation surge to more than 27 percent this month — the highest level in almost two decades.

President Nana Akufo-Addo is under increasing pressure to address the higher cost of food and fuel.

Clad in red and black, hundreds of protesters gathered in Accra, chanting songs and holding placards that read “We’re suffering Akufo-Addo” and “The high cost of living will kill us”.

The protest started peacefully at Kwame Nkrumah Circle, but a stand-off with authorities resulted in a clash when protesters pelted police with objects and Security officers retaliated by firing tear gas.

Police said in a statement that 12 officers were injured, police vehicles were damaged, and that they had “no option but to use tear gas and water cannons to subdue the rioting and restore order”.

They later confirmed that 29 protesters had been arrested “for their participation in violent attacks on the Police”.

The protest was organised by pressure group Arise Ghana, and joined by politicians such as prominent opposition MP Sam George.

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