Two persons, including YEN.com.gh’s cameraman sustained injuries when the police fired rubber bullets and sprayed cold water on the law students who went on protest in the capital Accra on Monday, October 7.
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Narrating the incident, the YEN reporter, Philip Abutiate, who was also on the scene, said without any provocation, the police who were supposed to protect the protesters stated firing rubber bullets into the crowd.
“I was standing with the students, before I realized one policeman holding a small gun started firing. I tried recording with my phone, he [policeman ] threatened to damage my phone so I put it away,” Philip narrated.
He said the police subsequently took the cameraman away to ascertain whether he was indeed shot at and wounded.
The YEN.com.gh cameraman was hit by a rubber bullet in his left hand.
Students numbering over 300 embarked on a demonstration to demand reforms in legal education in the country and to dramatise their frustration with the education system following another mass failures in the law school entrance exams.
The protest which started peacefully became violent because the police say the students didn’t have a permit to embark on the demonstration.
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The police started firing rubber bullets and sprayed cold water to disperse the crowd when they attempted to match to the seat of government, the Jubilee House.
Meanwhile, the police released YEN.com.gh’s cameraman and 12 others they arrested during the protest Monday evening.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the Ghana Police Service has found three persons who went missing in the Western Region of Ghana.
The police announced on its Facebook page on Sunday, October 6, 2019, that they have found three out of the five missing persons.
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