Police seek court order to halt #FixTheCountry protest

The Ghana Police Service is heading to court to seek a restraining order to stop a planned demonstration to be organised by the #FixTheCountry movement on May 9.

The Greater Accra Police PRO, DSP Effia Tenge, who disclosed this indicated that the police wil not be able to grant the organisers of the protest their wish because the gathering goes against the ban on public gatherings currently in place as part of measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19.

This comes after some unhappy Ghanaians mostly made up of the youth earlier notified the police of their intent to embark on a demonstration following an uproar on social media.

The protest, which began on twitter and Facebook over the weekend and has become one of the top trends on the social media sites, is to highlight their frustrations to the government over what they describe as its failure to improve the lives of the citizenry.

A letter signed by 20 individuals of the group explained that the date, May 9, was selected to capture the restless spirit of the over 126 Ghanaians who lost their lives some 20 years ago at the Accra Sports Stadium due to the “institutionalized incompetence and disregard for Ghanaian lives.”

But the Police would not be able to shephered them hence it is seeking an order to stop the protest.

DSP Tenge who spoke on Joy FM’s Top Story stated, “the police will not be able to provide the necessary security looking at the spread of Covid-19 and the kind of dangers that it poses to members of the public should they attend this demonstration.”

Despite the detailed plan enumerated by the protestors in line with Covid-19 protocols, the police say “there is no way that we can be able to guarantee for a fact that such a large demonstrating public” will adhere to such a plan.

Meanwhile, conveners of the protest say they are disappointed by the development.

One of them, Oliver Barker-Vormawor, told Evan Mensah that they will use dialogue to remind the police as to why they cannot be cowered while pledging to act in conformity with the constitution.



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