#FixTheCountryNow group intending to protest on May 9, 2021
The Greater Accra Regional Police Command says it cannot sanction
the proposed #FixTheCountry protest as it goes against the ban
on public gatherings.
The Public Relations Officer of the Greater Accra Regional Police Command,
DSP Effia Tenge said “the Police cannot sanction such illegality”,
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“The Command received a letter of notification on Tuesday afternoon
of an intended demonstration slated for the 9th of this month.
The Regional Command met the convener, who was accompanied
by one other person. We told them that we understand their standpoint
but then, there [are restrictions] on public gatherings, as such,
the Command may not be able to provide the necessary security
for the proposed demonstration.”
“However, they may come back when the restrictions are lifted,” she added.
She warned that if the group goes contrary to their recommendation,
they will face the rigors of the law.
A group of Ghanaians who are unhappy with what they call the economic
challenges in the country have declared their intention to protest on May 9, 2021.
The group has been expressing its displeasure over the failure of
successive governments to improve the living standards of Ghanaians
on Twitter using the hashtags; #FixTheCountry and #FixTheCountryNow.
They cited ‘dumsor’, unemployment and poor healthcare systems as
proof of successive governments’ mismanagement of the country.
The group said it does not intend to deliver a petition to the presidency
but will converge on Independence Square at 8:30 am for the
march to commence at 9:30 am.
“The march will proceed peacefully and at a socially distanced pace from
the Blackstar Independence Square Station,”
the group further indicated in a statement.
#FixTheCountry has been in the social media trends for about 48 hours.
It was initially started by some young persons on Twitter, but some
celebrities later joined the campaign to hold the government accountable.