Law students’ demo: Gov’t slams police officers; describes acts of violence as unacceptable

Law students’ demo: Gov’t slams police officers; describes acts of violence as unacceptable

-Government has condemned the treatment meted out to protesting law students by officers of the Ghana Police Service on Monday

- Oppong Nkrumah said, the confusion between the law students and the Ghana Police Service was “an embarrassing spectacle and it was unacceptable.”

- He said although the police have justified the use of force against the students, the police should have exercised restraint

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The government has condemned the treatment meted out to protesting law students by officers of the Ghana Police Service on Monday, October 7, 2019.

The Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said, the confusion between the law students and the Ghana Police Service was “an embarrassing spectacle and it was unacceptable.”

Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, the Minister of Information said it was unacceptable that an otherwise peaceful demonstration by people who want access to legal education will end up in such scenes.

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“Generally, it is totally unacceptable that an otherwise peaceful demonstration by people who want access to legal education will end up in the scenes that we saw on television and social media.”

Oppong Nkrumah said although the police have justified the use of force against the students, the police should have exercised restraint.

“The government also believes that the police must always abide by their clarion call which is to protect and serve…We are of the view that the handling of such a situation must always be done in a manner that allows a balanced achievement of the objectives.”

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In other news, 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 a protest in the capital Accra on Monday, October 7.

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.

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