Yes, we brutalized demonstrators on La Land – Armed Forces confirms

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has confirmed that indeed, some persons were injured by soldiers during a demonstration over La lands at Burma Camp.

In a release signed by its Director of Public Relations, Colonel E. Aggrey-Quarshie, GAF says “the facts of the matter are that in the morning of Thursday 15 April 2021, GAF received intelligence that some civilians were demonstrating and moving towards Burma Camp.”

It added “a reconnaissance team wa dispatched to confirm the report but they could not determine the intentions of the demonstrators. On seeing the soldiers, the demonstrators who had no police permit to demonstrate became violent.”

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According to the release, “the renaissance team called for reinforcement which came to stop the violent youth from causing any damage to military installations. It is worthy to note that the general area where the demonstration was taking place, houses vital military installations of national security nature. The implications of any destruction in the area cannot be overemphasized.”

It added that “in order to restrain the demonstrators, reasonable force had to be applied to remove them. Thus, in the process some of the demonstrators/persons got injured. It later came to light that some of the injured persons were journalists who were there to cover the event.”

Below is the full statement

Yes, we brutalized demonstrators on La Land - Armed Forces confirms

By Shiela Satori Mensah

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