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Police grant bail to 29 arrested rioters

Twenty-six out of the 29 who have met the bail conditions have been released, a statement from the police on Thursday said

The 29 suspects who were arrested for rioting during the Arise Ghana demonstration on Tuesday (28 June 2022) have been granted police enquiry bail, an official statement said.

Twenty-six of them who have met the bail conditions have been released, a statement from the police on Thursday said.

“The remaining three are still going through the process of satisfying the bail conditions for their release,” it added.

“The Martyr’s day celebrations today, made it difficult for the suspects to be arraigned before the court. Therefore, in line with the constitutional provision of not keeping suspects beyond 48 hours, they were granted bail and will be arraigned on Monday 4 July 2022,” the police posted on its Facebook page.

It added: “We remain committed to ensuring that all other perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the laws of the country.”

Chaotic protest

Clad in red and black, the hundreds of protesters chanted war songs while wielding signs and placards with inscriptions like, “Mr. President, where is our money?” and “the high cost of living will kill us.”

Police fired tear gas and used water cannon to disperse the crowd following a standoff over the proper marching route. The protesters threw stones and other objects at the police while burning car tires.

Grace Ansah-Akrofi, the police spokesperson said 12 personnel were injured in the melee.

In a statement, she said the police have reviewed video footage of the event and that all other persons who took part in the attacks and incited the violence “will be arrested and brought to face justice.”

Palgrave Boakye-Danquah, the government spokesperson on governance and security, said officials acknowledge the economic woes, but that global events are chiefly to blame.

Boakye-Danquah said the government will continue to have an open-door policy to address the concerns of citizens.

“Government is there to meet all the needs of the Ghanaian people. And I do not think our government is oblivious to all the challenges that are bewildering this world, which is why we have made pragmatic steps to address these issues,” he said.

To reduce expenditures, the government recently banned foreign travel for officials except in critical situations, and members of the executive arm reduced their wages by 30 percent.

The government also scrapped some taxes on fuel.

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