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‘We’ll demonstrate; you can shoot us’ – #FixTheCountry protesters tell police

The #FixTheCountry protesters have vowed to defy a court order restraining them from hitting the streets on Sunday to protest against the Akufo-Addo government.

They say the Ghana Police Service can do their worse on Sunday when they hit the streets of Accra to pour out their frustrations against the harsh economic conditions Ghanaians find themselves in under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) adminsitration.

The group, that began a strong social media campaign – #FixTheCountry on twitter and Facebook over the weekend, had written to the police for protection for their demonstration slated for Sunday, May 9, 2021 but the police said it could not shepherd them, and headed to court to stop the march.

On Thursday evening, the Greater Accra Police Command announced that it had secured a restraining order from an Accra High Court to stop a planned protest dubbed #FixTheCountry.

The restraining order follows an affidavit filed by the police against the conveners of the demonstration pursuant to Section 1 (6) of the Public Order Act, 1994 (Act 491).

But the group has vowed to hit the streets on Sunday despite the injunction announced by the Police.

Speaking on Power News Thursday night, Kofi Asante Mensah, convener of the Concerned Youth of Ghana, one of the groups supporting the #FixTheCountry protest stated they will defy the court order, alerting the police to do their worse.

“From the President to the IGP and the National Security and those who sought for the injunction are funny. We don’t understand any injunction; we don’t understand what is on that paper. We a re demonstrating on Sunday. The police and the military can come we don’t care. We will go and sleep there,” Mensah noted.

He said the wind of culture of silence being blown in the country will be suppressed despite the threats from the police and other agents of the Akufo-Addo Government.

“Do you know what happened with the #BlackLivesMatter in America? They should joke with us and see,” Asante Mensah told Beposohemaa Nana Yaa Amanfo on Power 97.9 FM.

“We won’t go to court to overturn the injunction. We are demonstrating. They can bring the military; they can bring the police to fire all of us, we are all ready to die,” he added.

Anger Among Ghanaians Escalating

Asking the Government to deal with the issues raised by the youth, Executive Director of the Ghana Institute of Governance and Security, David Agbee said the government’s inability to address pressing issues confronting the #FixTheCountry protesters who are demanding accountability can plunge the country into chaos.

David Agbee is a security analyst

Mr Agbee believes the turn of events after the 2020 elections has pushed the citizenry to call on the country’s leadership, whose duty is to fix the challenges confronting the people, to act in order to find lasting solutions to the problems.

Corroborating the many challenges in the various sectors of the economy such as unemployment among the youth, lack of better roads, inadequate health facilities, and soaring fuel prices and the  impsoition of more taxes on Ghanaians in the wake of the  COVID-19 pandemic, the security expert observed that majority of Ghanaians are already boiling within and can trigger excessive danger.

To him the government’s failure to admit failure as pressure keeps piling up would have serious repercussions on the country’s security.

” A country where government has borrowed over 170 billion and can’t point to a any tangible thing like hospital, schools or good roads will surely anger the people to seek accountability,” he lamented on Morning Update on TV XYZ.

 

Source: Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

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