Members of the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union ICU on Thursday July 29 clashed with police and military forces at the Independence Square in Accra.
The nationwide demonstration against the recent increases in utility tariffs has already been condemned by government because the protest comes at a time when a discussion has started with the Trades Union Congress (TUC) over the same concerns.
According to Citi News’ Martin Asiedu Darteh, the hundreds of demonstrators clad in red bands were stopped at the Independence Square by police and Military personnel who prevented their executives from entering the castle.
The police claimed the castle protocol officials were unaware of their visit and this angered the demonstrators who attempted to force their way into the Castle.
The police had no option than to call for re-enforcement as they barricaded the Castle area to prevent the angry demonstrators from entering. Reports say the police nearly fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.
Eventually, the leaders of the demonstrators were allowed into the castle to present their petition to the President. But at the same time, executives of the Trades Union Congress, which is the mother Union of the ICU, are meeting the Vice President John Dramani Mahama over the same concerns.
Executives of the ICU say they are disappointed in the TUC, accusing them of betrayal.