10 arrested for pelting stones at police during Winneba demo

Source The Ghana Report

The Winneba District Police Command has arrested 10 persons for pelting stones at officers who were providing security during a demonstration on December 5.

The police were preventing the demonstrators from entering the premises of the Effutu Municipal Assembly when they started throwing stones.

This followed a caution from the police to the protesters not to break into the blockade a few meters away from the assembly premises.

The police also retaliated by throwing teargas to disperse the crowd and subsequently arrested the 10 suspects.

Disgruntled Winneba residents took to the streets, adorned in red attire, to express their discontent over allegations of the potential sale of the Ramsar Site in Winneba for mining lithium.

The site is also the sacred forest for the annual Aboakyire Festival deer hunting tradition.

They argued that allowing mining operations at the site would compromise the integrity of the reserve, which has significant cultural importance.

“We vehemently protest any attempt to mine lithium in the Ramsar site, particularly when we hunt for dear from this site. Our forefathers handed over this as our heritage, and we will protest with every pint of blood,” the leader of the protestors said.

Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has denied the sale of the Ramsar Site in Winneba to investors.

He said, “I simply want to say that this allegation is false”.

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