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U.S. Embassy Maintenance Workers Demonstrate

August 27, 1985

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) _ Ghanaian maintenance workers at the U.S. Embassy held a three-hour demonstration Tuesday to press demands for the recall of an American diplomat.

The employees presented a protest note to Ambassador Robert Fritts saying they would refuse to work until Robert Lee Kile, general services officer of the embassy, leaves Ghana.

Their note claimed claimed Kile was involved in bringing in goods tax-free through the embassy courier system, that he ″does not respect the Ghanaian employees of the embassy,″ that he has made racist references to them, and that he worked for the CIA.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman described the allegations as ″inaccurate and unfair.″

On Sunday, Ghana expelled four Europeans for what the Ministry of Interior described as their ″racist and contemptuous attitude″ toward blacks.

The four were identified as Dick Rijnbeck of the Dutch airline KLM, Helmut Kolakowski of the construction company A. Lang Ltd., and a couple identified only as Mr. and Mrs. Fry of Accra Brewery Ltd. The nationalities of the four were not given.

In a related development, Ebo Tawia, a member of the ruling Provisional National Defense Council, warned against ill-treatment of Ghanaian workers by foreign business executives.

Speaking at the Taiwan-managed Akosombo Textile Ltd. plant, he said such behavior was an abuse of Ghana’s hospitality and ″will not be tolerated in this revolutionary era.″

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