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Driven by economic hardship like increasing costs of fuel and utilities, supply shortages which caused price hikes which led to a sky–high level of inflation, violent protests broke out in Ghana last week.

The situation wasn’t helped by the fact that the Ghanaian government introduced an e–levy tax. The tax was supposed to be applied to every transaction above GHS 100.

GHS 100 is equivalent to $12.44 us. The average monthly salary in Ghana, according to Salary Explorer is $ 5,070 us.

It was with this background that the pressure group, Arise Ghana set out to carry out demonstrations on June 28 and 29 respectively.

Although the organizers insisted they never meant the demonstrations to be violent, but the police and organizers of the protest are trading blames on which body actually brought violence into the protests.

Arise Ghana is made up of political party leaders, media practitioners, civil society players, creative artists and trade unions. Their common cause is championing the cause of Ghanaians.

Among the group’s aims are the provision of a “voice for the voiceless, seeking reforms that would bring about the needed change in the socio–economic, politico–social, and general wellbeing of the Ghanaian citizenry.”

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