A criminologist and lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr. Jones Opoku-Ware, has opined that the pelting of stones at the Police by some demonstrators at the Arise Ghana demonstration on Tuesday, was premeditated.
The lecturer said per the crowd analysis he has done, he will conclude that the violence that occurred at the demonstration was intentionally orchestrated to make the Police look bad in the eyes of the public.
He said the Police were there to protect life and property hence it was wrong to have pushed them to the wall for them to react so they would look bad.
Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he stated that ”the Police stood their ground despite the incident, and I must commend them because I realised the level of provocation was high. If the Police had reacted in full force, we would have been talking about a different story this morning. They would have been several casualties on the part of the protestors if the Police had not restrained themselves”.
He told host Kwabena Agyapong that the Police could not have looked on without retaliating when they were being pelted with stones.
‘He stressed that the posturing of some of the organizers, seem to show that, the demonstrators had something in mind against the Police.
He asked the Police to also adopt more humane approaches in dealing with issues like this, and to demonstrators, he advised against deliberate attempts to provoke the Police.