The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) youth wing has laid out the routes of its planned protest on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. The protest was approved after the police initially denied the protesters' request for security. After successful negotiations between the two sides, the police approved the protest dubbed "A March for Justice" to take place. According to a statement signed by George Opare Addo, National Youth Organizer of the NDC, the converging time is 6:00 am with Accra Mall as the meeting place.
Thereafter, protesters will march through Liberation Road to Opeibea House through Aviation Road to the Lands Commission. Afterward, they will proceed to Flagstaff House via the Switchback road, then take the Arko Adjei interchange to Parliament House. The youth wing has ensured demonstrators' safety and the strict enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines. Leadership is grateful for the goodwill and support the street protest has received so far from Ghanaians from all quarters, CSOs, political parties, and allied partners. In part, the statement read, "This shows that most Ghanaians support marching against the social ills this government has visited on us as a people".
At Jubilee House, the group will present a petition to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The Speaker of Parliament will also be presented with a similar petition. Police and military forces have been committing acts of thuggery and adventurism against unarmed civilians. This demonstration is demanding justice for those killed and brutalized by state-sponsored thugs. Madina, Accra's Central Business District, Osu, and Lapaz were among the initial routes. In addition, they said they would petition the IGP at the Police Department headquarters, but it appears these have changed after the engagement with the police. As well as requesting social justice for the unemployed in the country.
In response to the group's request, the Police cited Section 4 of the Public Order Act 1994 (ACT 491) that relates to public health and regulations imposed by Executive Instrument (EI) 395 to contain the spread of COVID-19. The youth wing, however, was not pleased as they threatened to go ahead with their planned demonstration despite the Police Service's refusal to provide protection. The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh, then requested to meet with the leaders of the youth wing to discuss their planned demonstration, hence, the go-ahead.
Meanwhile, the NDC youth wing is asking the #FixTheCountry movement to join them at the demonstration. During an interview with Citi News, George Opare Addo stated that the #FixTheCountry movement will be given a platform to convey its message to the government. Moreover, he said that the police should give the movement a chance to exercise their right to demonstrate.
As I've stated clearly, I disagree with the decision of the government to forbid the #FixTheCountry movement from demonstrating in accordance with their constitutional rights. Since the police have confirmed that they will provide us security, I think it is high time they also examine the issues pertaining to the fix the country movement."However, I am urging everyone to join hands with the NDC, particularly Fix The Country members. It is almost the same thing we are fighting for. I will speak with their leadership and tell them where they can align with our views and opinions so that they can come and then use our platform to convey their message," said Clemens.
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