Brutality Police behaviour towards demonstrators was uncivilised – Franklin Cudjoe

The demonstrators were tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets by the police after having reportedly veered off from the approved route to picket at the Electoral Commission (EC).

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President of policy think tank, IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe has described as “uncivilised” police brutality meted out to demonstrators on Wednesday.

A demonstration by the members and supporters of the Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA), Alliance For Accountable Governance (AFAG) and Movement for Better Ghana to demand the creation of a new voters’ register, turned violent, after many people got injured and some flogged by the police.

This victim has had his eyes operated play

This victim has had his eyes operated

READ MORE: > How Ghanaians reacted to the police brutality on demonstrators

The demonstrators were tear-gassed and shot with rubber bullets by the police after having reportedly veered off from the approved route to picket at the Electoral Commission (EC).

The action, according to the police, was triggered when, "The movement of the demonstrators violated the laid-down rules, the agreement between the police and themselves. They branched before the NDC headquarters heading apparently for the EC and the Police stopped them.”

Franklin Cudjoe, President of IMANI Ghana play

Franklin Cudjoe, President of IMANI Ghana

 

Speaking on The Big Issue on Citi FM, Mr Cudjoe said the police behaved unprofessionally and in an uncivilised manner.

“We are not in a coconut republic. For me to have seen the video of policemen running after defenceless citizens and beating them… for me, that couldn’t be defined as a very civil way of disarming people who were deviating from the route, they are deviating not necessarily to cause harm but deviating because, well, in moments like this people become overjoyed and do all sort of things. But that is where the instructions of the police would have mattered. They form a barricade and that is what I have seen in all organised demonstrations around the world but not to whip them,” he said.

MORE IMAGES HERE: > Police bloody clash with demonstrators

The IMANI boss stated that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) should be ashamed of himself following the brutality meted out to the demonstrators by his men.

“I call on the IGP to identify terror tags that were in the midst of the police… To have my country and some of these elements like this behaving this way, I think the IGP should be ashamed and should call whoever authorised the melee on the defenceless citizens to question,” he said.

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