Police fire tear gas at young protesters in Ghana

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Tensions have grown between a group of youths and police after a "suspected armed robber" was shot on Monday by patrol units in the area. Image courtesy: Flickr
Tensions have grown between a group of youths and police after a "suspected armed robber" was shot on Monday by patrol units in the area. Image courtesy: Flickr
Tensions have grown between a group of youths and police after a “suspected armed robber” was shot on Monday by patrol units in the area. Image courtesy: Flickr

Police in Tema, Ghana resorted to firing tear gas on angry youth in an area called U-Town during a stand-off between protesters and state police Tuesday morning.

Tensions have grown between a group of youths and police after a “suspected armed robber” was shot on Monday by patrol units in the area.

The youth are reported to have “attacked” police in rebellion against the killing, in which they saw as unjust – claiming that the suspect killed was not armed, or a robber.

Police responded to the attack with tear gas, and local reporter Henry Budu Arthur told local sources that amid the protests some schools have closed down and traffic is continuing to build up as youth block main roads and scatter broken bottles around.

Arthur confirmed that some people had been injured in the conflict and had been rushed to hospital.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that some protesters, mainly young adults, who inhaled the tear gas have collapsed.

Yesterday a 45-year-old scrap agent was shot in the head by suspected armed robbers in traffic in Tema. There has so far been no link between the scene and suspect killed.

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