Persons who threw stones at the Police during the demonstration in Accra on Tuesday, June 28 were not members of the Arise Ghana pressure group, a leader of the group, Sammy Gyamfi has said.
He described the persons who exhibited that conduct as agent provocateurs who were planted in their midst by the Police.
“They are agent provocateurs planted in their midst by the Police, these are not members of the Arise Ghana. We arrested them and gave them to the Police.
“We did not go there with sticks, we did not go there with stones, we went there with our voice to protest against the obnoxious e-levy which amounts to thievery,” he said at a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, June, a few minutes after day one of the protest.
He added, “our hands are clean, our conscience are clean, we believe in what we are doing.”
Sammy Gyamfi further accused the Police of embarking on Public Relations (PR) gimmick to brand the demonstrators as violent citizens.
The Police announced that 12 officers have been injured during the demonstration by members of the Arise Ghana pressure group.
The injured officers have been transferred to the Police hospital in Accra for further treatment.
“Some Police vehicles have also been damaged,” the Police said in a statement.
The Police further described the development as shameful.
“What a shame, we were there to protect you and ensure your safety, but you throw stones at us, injure and hurt us. This behaviour is unacceptable and must be condemned.”
But Sammy Gyamfi who is also the National Communications Officer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said ” If you look at the statement being issued by the Police on their social media handles, you can clearly see through the PR gimmicks being mounted by the Police.
“PR gimmick intended to brand Arise Ghana as violent citizens of this country. They described us as rioting demonstrators. No one who intends to embark on a riot will give the Police 20 days notice to embark on a riot.”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana