There was disruption on the dusk of Friday, September 24, 2021, at the transit yard (Depot 10 – Burkina Yard) of the Tema Harbour following the death of a worker, Citi News reports.
According to an eyewitness, the deceased fell and landed on his head while working on a container dying instantly.
The reports further disclosed that the workers were enraged as several calls for an ambulance to covey the body to the mortuary fell on deaf ears.
The eyewitness told Accra-based Citi FM that his colleagues began a protest over the development as they have always informed management about the need for a standby ambulance in the yard due to the high risk involved in the work there.
“That section is a thin line between life and death, and there must be an ambulance parked 24/7 so that when an incident like this happens, the ambulance can convey the person.
“We’ve talked about this issue about ambulance, but all fell on deaf ears. The workers were angry because the ambulance didn’t show up,” he said.
Amid the protest, armed police officers came into the yard and began firing into the protestors, sources say.
Consequently, some workers were injured, including one person who was hit in the eye with a rubber bullet.
“Management called for police, and when they came, they shot into the crowd. They were about six officers. They were shooting directly at the crowd. One person had his eye shot and the other, the back [sic],” the eyewitness stated.
However, Awake News gathered the situation has been brought under control this afternoon, although armed military officers were invited to monitor and guard the port and its infrastructure.