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A/R: Santasi-Apire residents protesting over deplorable roads clash with police

Police in the Ashanti Region have clashed with hundreds of aggrieved residents of Santasi protesting against deplorable roads in the area.

The residents on Monday October 4, 2021 took to the streets of Santasi Apire in the Kwadaso Municipality of the Ashanti Region in protest of poor road networks in the area.

The demonstrators including taxi drivers, a youth group called Apire Concern Residents Association, together with hundreds of aggrieved Apire residents took to blocking Santasi-Apire main road and shouting chants on early Monday morning to register their disappointment.

Two police officers deployed to the area to ensure peace had to call for reinforcement after residents stoped them from clearing the road for commuters in a heated argument.

A team of armed police men numbering 20 rushed to the scene to enforce law and order also failed to calm the nerves of the agitated residents after they (residents) prevented them(police) from opening the road in a serious banter.

It took another batch of armed police officers numbering 30 to compliment the efforts of the other police officials to clear the road for motorists.

Speaking to OTEC News Kwame Agyenim Boateng some of the protestors said they were angry due to the increasing number of accidents on the road.

“Two people have died in the last three days because of this poor road and so we will not sit aloof for our family members to die again on the road” one Mr Daniel Owusu a resident of Apire cried.

The roads as captured during the protest have been rendered muddy and slippery with other areas flooded due to rainfall in the area.

Some bridges and drainage systems constructed to check erosion and the movements of water on the road as observed were washed away by the recent rains.

The Residents have therefore called on authorities to fix the road for them with alacrity or they will demonstrate again.

Source: Ghana/otecfmghana.com/Jacob Agyenim Boateng

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