Police: We can’t sanction #FixTheCountry demo due to public gathering restrictions

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A group of Ghanaians unhappy with what they call the economic challenges in the country have declared their intention to protest on May 9, 2021, but the Ghana Police Services says it cannot sanction the event due to public gathering restrictions.

The group has been expressing its displeasure over the failure of successive governments to improve the living standards of Ghanaians on Twitter using the hashtag #FixTheCountry.

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 at the Independence Square at 8:30 am for the march to commence at 9:30 am.

The organizers gave indication that the march will proceed peacefully and at a socially distanced pace and they will observe all Covid-19 safety protocol, with advice from public health specialists.

But the Public Relations Officer of the Greater-Accra Regional Police Command, DSP Effia Tenge has said that “the Police cannot sanction such illegality.”

“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 rigours of the law.

#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.

An online petition which was launched to support the cause has gathered over 2,000 signatures so.

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