Due to a dispute about the scheduled demonstration by pressure group Arise Ghana’s site and timing, the Police have launched a lawsuit against the event.
The Police indicated in a statement released on Sunday, June 26, that they pleaded with the organizers to reconsider the time period and begin the demonstration early in the day and stop it before dusk in the interest of Public Order and safety.
However, “the Police have had no choice but to submit the procedure to the court for a determination due to the lack of agreement between the Police and the organizers on the time for demonstration and place for their intended picketing. On June 20, 2022, a letter was properly used to inform Arise Ghana of this.
Since then, the matter has been registered with the court, and the hearing is set for tomorrow, Monday, June 27, 2022.
On June 28, 2022, the organization intended to begin a series of protests that would finish in front of the government building. The protests would begin at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle Interchange/Obra Spot.
According to a statement the organization had previously released, “We shall move from the Nima Police Station street to the Arko-Agyei inter-change and terminate at the Frontage of the Jubilee House where we will picket till 10PM.”
They stated that the demonstration was being held “to protest against the insensitive Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government’s continued and astronomical increases in fuel prices that have imposed excruciating economic hardships on Ghanaians; protest against the imposition of the obnoxious E-Levy on the already burdened Ghanaian people.”
“Demand a full-scale, bipartisan parliamentary investigation into COVID-19 spending; protest the government of Akufo-Addo and Bawumia’s officials’ appropriation of public lands, particularly their declassification of substantial areas of the Achimota Forest reserve.
“Protest against the growing culture of human rights abuses under the watch of President Akufo-Addo and Alhaji Bawumia, as well as the increased rate of police brutalities and state-sponsored murders of innocent Ghanaians.”
“In fact, all of President Akufo-Addo’s 12-member delegation travelled commercial,” Mr Arhin said in the statement.
“Upon arrival in Paris, President Akufo-Addo and his delegation travelled via train to Brussels to attend the European Development Days event, where, on Tuesday, 21st June 2022, he was a keynote speaker, and later held meetings with the President of European Investment Bank on two key subject areas.”