Ghana's police force questions leaders of rioting students

08:37, July 21, 2010      

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Three agitators of Monday's demonstration at the Technical Institute (TTI) in Takoradi, a coastal city 228 kilometers southwest of Accra, were arrested on Tuesday by the police in the area.

The three unidentified students were assisting the police in investigations, a local police source said.

The students reportedly instigated a violent protest on Monday, alleging that the school authorities extorted their monies, which was refuted by the school authorities.

The rampaging students broke louvers, pelted colleague students writing their exams with stones and even attempted to burn the schools' only bus.

Properties worth millions of cedis were reportedly destroyed by the fuming students during the demonstration.

Police source said the arrested students would not be detained but their caution statements would be taken after which they would be released.

Police patrol team has been dispatched to the institute to maintain law and order and restore peace.

Demonstrations in Ghana have become an epidemic and within a relatively short period of time, there have been reports of senior high school students in the country who had demonstrated or threatened to do so.

Some schools in the northern and central regions of the West African country were closed down early this year for a period of time after students went on rampage and vandalized school properties.

Source: Xinhua


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