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Military manhandle demonstrators, journalist during protest over lands at Tse Addo

Some military officers on Thursday morning pursued some demonstrators, who for some time now, have objected to their alleged encroachment on La Stool lands.

The officers also maltreated a journalist who chanced on the protest around the Military Cemetery at Tse Addo.

The protesting group include the Coalition of La Associations and La Traditional Council.

The La Stool/Traditional Council have resolved to embark on series of demonstrations and other lawful means to recover their lands, should President Akufo-Addo fail to call the Military to order.

They are raising concerns over what they describe as wanton annexation and continuous encroachment of their lands by the military, contrary to arrangements in place to release their lands to them.

After a recent tour by members of the La Traditional Council, the Trustees of the East Dadekotopon Development Trust, and the Coalition of Associations in La (COLA) to see for themselves activities of the military on the lands, they pledged their resolve to see to it that the right thing is done.

The Council said they have held negotiations with government, represented by the former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, over the matter.

They explained that it was pronounced at the end of the negotiations in November 2020 in the presence of the military and senior officials of the Lands Commission that parts of the lands should be released to the La Stool adding that the parts required by the military should be acquired through due process.

On Thursday, event took another dimension as the soldiers won’t countenance the behaviour of the demonstrators.

Joy News sources say some of the soldiers were seen manhandling some of the demonstrators.

The military officers were seen dragging protestors on the ground, hitting the head of others and beating fleeing protestors with sticks.

A journalist was accosted and told to delete his recording of happenings and photos he had taken.

“I only asked them why they were beating someone and they turned their anger on me…they took my phone and told me to delete the videos I had taken as well as any photo of the incident,” the journalist said.

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