76 Road Protesters Arrested In Sunyani

The suspects being taken to the police station

Seventy-six
persons, who blocked a section of the Sunyani-Techiman highway to protest
against the neglect of dual carriageway road at New Dormaa in Sunyani, have
been arrested for violating the Public Order Act.

Residents
of New Dormaa in the Sunyani Municipality blocked the road in front of the
Brong Ahafo Regional Hospital with logs, concrete blocks and burnt tyres at
dawn last Wednesday to prevent motorists from Techiman, Wenchi, Kintampo from
entering the central business district and vice versa.

The demonstration
turned violent when the demonstrators arrested a police officer, who was on his
way to work and locked him in a container.

They
claimed the regional minister and the Bono Regional Coordinating Council had
failed to construct the road which has caused many accidents and deaths.

After
failing to convince the protestors to exercise restraint for authorities to find
solution to the problem, police from Sunyani Municipality forcibly removed the
road block to allow the vehicles to move. 

Fifty-one
demonstrators were arrested.  The rest
took to their heels amidst shooting, as unconfirmed reports say three persons
were shot in the melee.

This
is the second time in a week that residents of the area have demonstrated
against the neglect of the dual carriageway road, which they say has killed
three pedestrians in recent times.

The recent
knock down of a pedestrian named Karim, who is receiving treatment at the Brong
Ahafo Regional Hospital, sparked the protests.

According
to them, the 2-kilometre road was previously a single-carriageway road but city
authorities decided to convert it to a dual carriageway road but for about
three years now the contractor has abandoned it.

Police
Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Bono, Ahafo, Bono East regions, Chief
Inspector Kingsley Augustine Oppong, told the media that 25 persons were
previously arrested and another 51 nabbed yesterday.

He
said they would be screened and arraigned for violating the country’s laws.      

The
protestors claimed several appeals to the regional coordinating council and Ghana
Highway Authority to complete the project fell on deaf ears.

Regional Police Commander DCOP Godfred Owusu Boateng appealed to residents to calm down, but they refused which forced the police to disperse them. 

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From Daniel Y Dayee, Sunyani



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