General News of 2014-07-22

Militants infiltrating industrial protests in Ghana - Dr. Aning

With the increasing spate of industrial action across the country, a security expert with the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) is cautioning leaders of such demonstrations not to allow their actions to degenerate into violence.

Dr Kwasi Aning is even more worried about the potential of militants in the West African sub region infiltrating the demonstration to cause mayhem in the country.

Ghana has seen a groundswell of industrial action across the country over the past few months with workers protesting what they say is the high standard of living in the country.

Hikes in fuel prices, utility prices and fall in the cedi have created a lot of discontent against the government.

Ahead of an intended nationwide strike and demonstration on Thursday by the Trades Union Congress, members of the Industrial and Commercial Workers on Monday hit the streets in protest over high cost of living in the country.

Simultaneously, residents of Oduman in the Ga West Municipal Assembly also embarked on a demonstration to protest the poor roads in their neighborhood.

The Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG) are on strike and the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) also threatening another strike in protest over unpaid book and research allowance which is in arrears.

Speaking to Joy News’ Dzifa Bampoh the security expert with KAIPTC said these strikes and demonstrations have a potential security threat on the country.

Dr Kwasi Aning said given the volatile security situation in West Africa, it is possible some militants may infiltrate the demonstrations in the country and warned leaders of such demonstrations to be cautious.

He said while the demonstrations are "not spontaneous" they are also "not orchestrated" adding it reflects the voice of the electorates.

He said the demonstrations "creates a certain sense that things are not going on well."

Source: myjoyonline.com
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