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Ghana Police spells out reasons why the FixTheCountry protest is not compelling, pressing or urgent

The Ghana Police Service says the reasons given by some Ghanaians for a need to hit the streets to demand better living conditions are not enthralling.

Reports from myjoyonline state that the Ghana Police Service says the protestors have indicated the purpose of the demonstration to be geared at protesting a string of broken promises by successive governments.

This, according to them, is not compelling enough; “the reasons are neither pressing nor urgent to warrant a court sanction to permit the protestors to take to the streets.”

This is contained in an Affidavit in support of a motion filed at the High Court seeking to restrain the protestors from embarking on the street protest.

In the last few weeks, some Ghanaians have agitated through a social media hashtag FixTheCountry, demanding better living conditions and most importantly opportunities for the youth.

The social media protestors planned to take their grievances to the streets on May 9th, 2021, which was drawn to a stand following a court order which was secured by the police which forbids any protest due to the Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings.

This order was set aside by the Supreme Court on Tuesday as it ruled that it was contrary to law.

However, the Ghana Police Service, in a statement shortly after the ruling, warned against anyone attempting to protest, saying there is a pending case at the High Court.

JoyNews has since secured copies of the documents filed by the Police Service signed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Benjamin Osei Addae on behalf of the Inspector General of Police.

ACP Addae argues the protest will be “a super spreader of Covid-19”.

He also describes, at not feasible, proposed plans by the group to avoid the spread of the virus. Therefore, he urges the court to bar any such protest until the restrictions on public gatherings are lifted.

 

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