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Arise Ghana Demo: Police diffuse protest over economic hardship in Ghana

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Police reportedly clashed with hundreds of demonstrators in Ghana’s capital Accra on Tuesday protesting against fuel price hikes, a tax on electronic payments and other levies as the country grapples with spiralling inflation and an economic downturn.

Ghanaians in recent months have been feeling the pinch of record inflation and the fallout of the Ukraine war amid cuts in government spending to avoid a full-blown debt crisis.

Hundreds on Tuesday joined an authorized two-day protest led by local lobby group “Arise Ghana” to denounce economic hardships, social media and Ghana News Agency footage showed.

Police responded with teargas, rubber bullets and hot water when the crowd veered off the proposed route, senior Arise Ghana member Lawyer Sammy Gyamfi told popular media house (Reuters) by telephone, saying it was different to a previously agreed route.

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According to the statement released by the police, they were forced to use teargas and water cannons to restore order after demonstrators threw stones and burnt tires on the road.

At least Twelve officers were injured and some police vehicles damaged, they said in a statement, adding that protesters failed to follow “court-approved routes”.

The demonstration had dispersed by evening and streets in the city centre were lined with policemen, according to the media report.

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