Eyewitnesses described it as chaotic scenes that could have spiralled out of control but for the intervention of a combined team of Police and Military personnel.
Hundreds of youths from Ashaiman, a town north-east of Accra, joined angry commercial drivers in the wee hours of Monday morning to protest the poor nature of their roads, despite the huge sums of money they are made to pay as road tolls.
The protesters burnt tyres, seized the tollbooth at the Ashaiman end on the Tema-Accra motorway and reportedly made away with cash and other valuables belonging to officials manning the booths.
what appeared to be a peaceful protest turned violent when the protesters started pelting security officers with stones, as they y attempted to fire tear gas to disperse them. One police officer was caught in the crossfire. He suffered serious head injuries in the process and was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u8c9JDaBjM
Lawyer Kojo Adawudu who was caught in the inferno described a ‘chaotic scenes’ as the angry protesters forcefully extracted money from motorists. Those who refused to pay, according to him, were manhandled and some even had their screens slightly dented.
DCOP John Kudalor was quoted by Accra based Citifm they had to use what he described as ‘gradual force to control the protesters.
“We used gradual force, by talking to them and trying to negotiate but when they became unruly adamant, we had to use the appropriate force. The last one we had to deal with the situation as it was.”
DCOP Kudalor said: “It is a matter of funds as we have to reinforce some facilities at Ashaiman…we must get a better place where we can get better deployment and free movement of personnel.”