In what initially began as a peaceful protest, the Fix Our Roads demonstration in Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region on Tuesday, October 3 turned bloody. This was after protesters pelted police with stones in the course of their march. It is unclear what triggered the action. But one of the protesters was picked up while a police officer was severely injured.
The officer has since been rushed to the Ashaiman Hospital for medical care, Media General‘s Joseph Armstrong Gold-Alorgbey reports. The demonstration, which is led by Concern Citizens of Ashaiman, began at the Court Junction, near the Church of Pentecost.
The participants are protesting the bad roads in Ashaiman, one of the most populated towns in the Region. A placard held by one of the protesters read: ‘155km of roads in Ashaiman has not seen drain construction nor pavement’. Member of Parliament (MP) for Ashaiman Ernest Norgbe joined the demonstrators.
He said the government has turned a deaf ear to their calls and “that is why today’s demonstration is very important to the people of Ashaiman”.