A private legal practitioner Alexander Twum-Barimah has descended on the Director of Operations for the Ghana Police Service, Greater Accra, ACP Kwesi Fori for employing tactics to stop the youth from demonstrating.
Twum-Barimah, an ex policeman, said the Accra Police through ASP Fori has been frustrating the youth, especially conveners of the #FixTheCountry online protesters to hit the streets over bad governance.
For more than two months, the youth behind the online protest have been denied the opportunity to demonstrate.
Until an Accra High Court ruling recently, the police had sought for an injunction to prohibit the #FixTheCountry protesters from hitting the streets to have their concerns addressed.
But reacting to an impending demonstration by the youth wing of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on July 6,2021, Twum-Barimah blamed Kwesi Fori for working to deny the aggrieved youth from protesting.
He said Fori could not stop the youth from demonstrating.
“Kwesi is just in charge of operations. He doesn’t have the power to make decisions for the regional commander,” he said on Morning Update on TV XYZ Monday.
“There is political interference fro state institutions. The prevention by the police to stop the people from demonstrate through EX parte motion was politically motivated,” he added.
Twum-Barimah also argued that the law gives room for people to have the right to assemble and demonstrate therefore the tactics by the police to prevent various groups from staging street protests is undemocratic.
Making a case for the protesters, including the youth wing of the NDC, the social commentator stated that ” even though hardship existed from Nkrumah, the rate at which things have increased is the issue.”
He quizzed, “How much was a bag of cement under the NDC? how much is it now?”
“Look at the rate at which fuel is increased. During the NDC’s era, consumers were pre informed but it’s not the case today,” he indicated and chastised the Akufo-Addo government for not taking the concerns of the citizens seriously.