Seven people have sustained gun shot wounds at Abirem in the Birim North District of the Eastern region after the Police opened fire on demonstrators who were protesting against mining giant, Newmont Ghana.
The victims according report suffered gunshot wounds in the head,leg,and arm. One of them who was in critical condition has been referred to the Eastern Regional Hospital,Koforidua , while the rest were rushed to New Abirem Government Hospital.
The irate youths were protesting over forceful possession of their cocoa farms by the mining company without payment of satisfactory compensation
The protestors reportedly blocked roads and access routes to the community and attempted to reclaim the disputed lands, according to reports
The demonstrators were made up of residents from the 10 communities affected by mining activities in the Birim North District.
This is not the first time that the residents have embarked on demonstrations against Newmont Ghana.
Mining in Ghana has been a curse rather than blessing to mining communities.
Mining communities such as Awaso,Obuasi, Ahafo, Afosu, among others are wallowing in abject poverty with access to basic social amaneties still a mirrage.
This is the more reason why Environmentalists in Ghana are calling on government of Ghana to abort plans to mine bauxite in the Atewa Forest Reserve which is a Global Biodiversity Significant Area and headwaters of three major rivers -Ayensu,Densu and Birim due to its intergeneration negative impact.
Source:enaghana.com /Annor Obed