Leader of the Economic Fighters League, Ernesto Yeboah has expressed disappointment at the Ghana Police Service for its highhandedness towards their protest.
According to him, it is embarrassing for the Police to arrest them for organizing a peaceful fight in solidarity of the murdered African-American, George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA.
The ‘Fighters’ organized an #AccraBlackOut vigil on Saturday night at the Black Stars Square in Accra, amid chants of “I can’t breathe,” “Black Lives Matter,” “We’re not free until we are free,” to drum home the need for Justice for persons who have wrongfully been killed due to existing racism in America and other parts of the world.
But a combined team of Military and Police personnel stormed the vigil grounds to disperse the crowd for an alleged breach of public gatherings protocols.
Speaking to the media moments before his arrest, Ernesto Yeboah said breaking up their peaceful vigil sends a rather bad signal to the rest of the world.
“I feel very embarrassed as a Ghanaian to be met with such a situation where the state appears so inept, the state appears to have made a total fool of themselves to the rest of the world. There is local press and there is international press here, what message are you sending to the world giving the fact that we have a constitution that talks about notifying the police about gatherings like this within 5 days,” he said.
The Ghana Police had earlier warned the public against joining the planned demonstration saying it had not been duly notified.
But Ernesto Ernesto Yeboah who was arrested in 2019 on a similar protest against plans to construct a $ 200million ultramodern Parliamentary Chamber, insists they notified the Police six clear days ahead of the planned vigil and expressed shock at the decision to arrest them.
“We did so as far back as 6 days ago. This is not the first time we’ve organized a programme here and every time we have organized a programme here, we have gone through the same due process of notifying the police. Sometimes they come around, other times they don’t. But never have we been prevented or inhibited in any way from holding such sessions. Only when it came to solidarizing with Black people all over the world and especially black people in America,” he added.
Several calls to the Ghana Police Service for their comments on the arrest have proved futile.