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Because I Need To Believe. Critical News, 21st December 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 21, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Turning left coming out of TV Africa studios where I had just finished recording a show, I was appalled at the spectacle of a group of people pounding mercilessly on a helpless victim curled knees to chest on the floor, hopelessly covering his head with his bare hands, trying to avoid the next blow.

I made a decision to drive by and “di mi fie asem” when I spotted a youthful macho approaching with what looked like a six-inch concrete block heading for the helpless victim. I changed my mind, careened to the side road in a screeching halt, pounding my horn at the same time.

Taking advantage of the distraction, I came out of the car yelling in twi for all of them to step aside and stop the beating. I managed a quick run, adrenalin pumping through the old body and confronted those I thought were the ringleaders.

The next exchange took place local language as I tried to understand the purpose of this attempted murder.

Back and forth for another thirty minutes, I finally made some sense and with a cell phone in hand taking pictures as fast as I could, I finally quelled the mob and they started drifting away, back-yelling insults and challenging my authority as they moved ways from the crime scene.

They had intended to kill the poor guy on “suspicion” that he was a known pickpocket in the area and was snooping around the parked cars in the vicinity looking for something to steal.

He had stolen nothing; not yet, but they were going to kill him. Read the rest of this entry »

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