The deployment of tear gas and water cannons at the Arise Ghana rally on Tuesday was defended by the Ghana Police Service.
Police used tear gas and water cannons to "subdue the rioting and restore order," according to a statement issued by their director of public affairs, Grace Ansah-Akrofi.
They claim that this occurred as a result of the Arise Ghana protestors disobeying court instructions that stated the demonstration should start at the Obra Spot in Accra and terminate at Independence Square.
The police claim that even though the Arise Ghana demonstration started with protesters congregating in the Obra location at around 8 am, "the organizers insisted on using routes leading to the Jubilee House."
All efforts to get them to follow the court-approved routes, they continued, "did not achieve the intended effects."
"Unfortunately, completely without any provocation, the demonstrators started throwing stones at the police," the police reported.According to the press release, "the demonstrators further reassembled and set tires afire on the road around Circle."
The police claim that for the aforementioned reasons, they were compelled to use tear gas and water cannons to put an end to the riots and restore order.
"All individuals participating in this violent demonstration will be brought to justice, the police statement further guaranteed.
Twelve police officers have reportedly suffered injuries of varying severity, and some of their cars have also been damaged.
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