An exhaustive list of the people who, according to Democracy Hub, were detained by the Ghana Police Service during the three-day #OccupyJulorBiHouse demonstration have been made public. The protest was organized by Democracy Hub to pressure the government to address the nation’s economic problems.
On the first day of the three-day demonstration against the administration and how it was addressing the concerns of the country’s economic woes, the demonstrators were arbitrarily as well as collectively arrested by the police.
It was posted on Twitter (now X) by broadcaster Serwaa Amihere and revealed that the demonstrators who had been detained were dispersed around 9 police stations in the city.
See the list below:
- Railways Police Station
- Chorkor Police Station
Belinda Osei Mensah
- Shukura Police Station
- Dansoman Police Station
Nii Quaye Manu
- Bravo SWAT Cell
Raphael Afful Williams
- Accra Central Police Station
Selikem Korku Timothy
Emmanuel Osei Bonsu
- Adabraka Police Station
Albert Akwasi Owusu
- Korle-Bu Police Station
Samuel Gyamfi Bonsu
- Ministries Police Station
Darlington Desmond Okonor
Mabel Biniwaa Tawiah
Delali Adorglah Bissa
On Day 1 (September 21) of the #OccupyJulorbiHouse protests by the Democracy Hub, a group of young activists; police illegally rounded up 49 protesters who were marching to demand action on prevailing economic crisis and corruption.
The illegal arrests, especially how they were conducted by the police triggered harsh criticism of impeding the constitutional right to protest and deploying highhandedness on the part of police.
Police sent the detainees to the regional headquarters before splitting them up to about eight police stations dotted across the capital, even as colleague protesters and lawyers worked to secure bail for the illegally detained persons.
In this process, other journalists and protesters who massed up, especially at the Accra Regional Command encountered some amount of police violence including shoving, forced detention, seizure of phones, and in the case of other physical assault.
In their first of two statements on the day, police said the illegal arrests were justified because protesters were defying a court injunction served on them, which process they denied had been properly served.
The second statement addressed the purported arrest of a BBC journalist and his cameraman, which reportage they dismissed as untrue.
By the close of the day, almost all illegally detained protesters per GhanaWeb checks had been released from illegal detention on bail, it remains to be seen whether Day Two of the three-day protest targeting the seat of government, the Jubilee House, will come off today (September 22, 2023).