Accra Police to #FixTheCountry protesters: ‘We can’t guarantee your safety’

IGP Joseph Oppong-Boanuh
IGP Joseph Oppong-Boanuh

The Ghana Police Service has served notice that the proposed #FixTheCountryNow demonstration scheduled for May 9 will not be sanctioned citing safety reasons.

Some agitated Ghanaians will be hitting the streets on the said date to vent their spleens over economic hardship which has been worsened by the impact of COVID-19.

The group has been expressing its displeasure over the failure of successive governments to improve the living standards of Ghanaians on Twitter using the hashtag #FixTheCountry.

They cited ‘dumsor’, unemployment and poor healthcare systems as proof of successive governments’ mismanagement of the country.

The group said it does not intend to deliver a petition to the presidency but will converge on Independence Square at 8:30 am for the march to commence at 9:30 am.

“The march will proceed peacefully and at a socially distanced pace from the Blackstar Independence Square Station,” the group further indicated in a statement.

But the Public Relations Officer of the Greater Accra Regional Police Command, DSP Effia Tenge, told Accra-based Citi FM that “the Police cannot sanction such illegality.”

“The Command received a letter of notification on Tuesday afternoon of an intended demonstration slated for the 9th of this month. The Regional Command met the convener, who was accompanied by one other person. We told them that we understand their standpoint but then, there [are restrictions] on public gatherings, as such, the Command may not be able to provide the necessary security for the proposed demonstration.”

“However, they may come back when the restrictions are lifted,” she added.

She warned that if the group goes contrary to their recommendation, they will face the rigours of the law.

#FixTheCountry has been in the social media trends for about 72 hours.

It was initially started by some young persons on Twitter, but some celebrities later joined the campaign to hold the government accountable.

An online petition which was launched to support the cause has gathered over 2,000 signatures so.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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