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#FixTheCountry demo not pressing enough -Godfred Dame

Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame has opined that concerns expressed by conveners of the #FixTheCountry  protests are not pressing enough to warrant a protest at the moment.

Speaking on Metro TVs Good Afternoon Ghana, the Attorney General who has been at the post for at least three months and who has courted the admiration of many Ghanaians owing to his youthful age, argued that it was impossible for the conveners to be allowed to organize a physical protest due to the possible Covid 19 repercussions.

“Restrictions have been imposed by circumstances that we all know (Covid 19) and there is nowhere in this world that demonstrations are allowed”, he said.

Touching further on the matter, Dame indicated that, unlike the  #BlackLivesMatter protest which started in the United States and courted global support, the issues based on which the #FixTheCountry protests have evolved and lack urgency.

Speaking further to the matter, Dame said “ if you are demonstrating about broken promises by successive governments since independence, what is the urgency about it?”.

Background

Over the last two months, what started as an online protest about broken systems within the Ghanaian economy has gained grounds in national and international discourse, with many young people jumping on the hashtags, demanding better governance from the ruling government.

The conveners of the protests have cited issues such as bad infrastructure, healthcare gaps, high standards of living, and high youth unemployment as some key concerns they demand addressed by the government within the shortest time possible.

Although the campaign has enjoyed remarkable success on social media, attempts to hold a physical protest and to present a formal petition to the government have since proved futile, as the planned protests have been hit by lawsuits that have stalled the protests from seeing the light of day.

The Verdict

The Accra High Court, however,  has struck out an application by the police seeking to stop the demonstration by the #FixTheCountry movement.

In a ruling today, the court presided over by Justice Ruby Aryeetey, struck out the application on the basis that the date for the protest (May 9) had already passed so there was no protest to be stopped.

“I’m of the opinion that the planned demonstration is passed and therefore the application is moot,” she ruled.

She, however, stated that in the event the #FixTheCountry protestors wanted to embark on a new protest, they must go through all the laid down procedures including the one relating to the restrictions on public gathering.

 

 

By Nathaniel  G. Tetteh|Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

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