Ghana Police Fire Tear Gas To Disperse Protest Over Living Costs
Accra, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th Jun, 2022 ) :Ghana police fired tear gas and arrested more than two dozen protesters in the capital Accra on Tuesday 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.
"We can't afford three meals a day. Transport fares and food prices are too high," protester Baba Musah, who repairs mobile phones for a living, told AFP. "We are suffering." Trader Rita Okyere also took aim at Akufo-Addo, demanding "change".
"This government has run out of ideas. We can't continue to suffer as Nana Addo flies in luxurious jets across the world." The protest started peacefully at Kwame Nkrumah Circle, but a stand-off with authorities resulted in a clash when protesters pelted police with objects.
They later confirmed that 29 protesters had been arrested "for their participation in violent attacks on the Police".
"Before Akufo-Addo became president, I used to buy bread for my children at 3.50 Ghanaian cedi ($0.45)," he told journalists.
"Today, I am buying that same loaf of bread at 15. What offence have we committed?"The second term of Akufo-Addo -- who has been president since 2017 -- has seen a series of protests over economic problems and brawls in the hung parliament as the government tries to push tough policies it believes could salvage the economy.