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Police injunction against #FixTheCountry demo dismissed

The Accra High Court has struck out an application by the police seeking to stop a 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.

Background

In a matter of Public Order Act 1994, the police were seeking a restraining prohibition order against the #fixthecountry protest March.

Earlier on May 5, the police had secured an exparte order restraining the Convenors from a planned protest on May 9.

That order by Justice Ruby Aryeetey which also barred them from any demonstration until after the restriction on public gatherings has since been quashed by the Supreme Court.

The apex court said an exparte application was to last for not more than 10 days, and so the High Court judge exceeded Jurisdiction.

But before the court could rule on the matter, the protesters have been engaging in individual protests, holding placards at vantage points to communicate their message to the government.

Earlier this week, some young men and women were seen at separate locations in Accra, including lorry parks holding placards to drum home their message to the public.

 

Source: Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

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