The Economic Fighters’ League has reiterated its commitment to stand for justice even in the face of what they describe as intimidating tactics by some Government elements to get them cowed.
This comes almost ten days after the leader of the group, Ernesto Yeboah was arrested and detained by the Police for allegedly organizing a vigil without seeking the needed approval.
In a letter of account detailing their ordeal on the night of the vigil and afterwards, the Fighters said the whole world needs to condemn how the Ghana Police and by extension, the Ghana government handled the issue.
The group described as hypocritical, Government’s decision to commiserate with George Floyd through a memorial service and on the other hand prevent ‘unarmed and harmless’ citizens from also showing their solidarity to the Black Lives Matter movement, which was the subject of the Fighters’ vigil.
“ll well-meaning citizens of the world especially black people must condemn the actions of the government of Ghana and add their voices to the demand that they respect basic civil rights including right to association and assembly, Miranda rights in cases of arrests and right to free speech.
“Clearly somebody was not happy that black people in Ghana were showing solidarity with black people in America and the world over. Ironically, the government had held a funeral service a day prior. If the government was so concerned about black lives and police brutality, then why did it send armed police and military personnel to brutalise unarmed, harmless civilians numbering less than 100 who were chanting #BlackLivesMatter? And if the government can commiserate with George Floyd’s family, why can’t the citizens? Or was it just about the PR? The hypocrisy is glaring,” the letter stated.
The Fighters’ further noted that no amount of intimidation by any individual or group will dampen the spirits in fighting for the ‘right thing to be done.’
“No amount of intimidation will dampen our spirit in fighting for the right thing to be done. Black lives matter everywhere – in America, in Ghana and everywhere in between – and we will not relent in proclaiming this and working to see its manifestation in the economic, political, cultural and social realities of the global order. The spirits of Martin Luther King Jr., Kwame Nkrumah, Marcus Garvey, Queen Nzinga, Malcolm X are in us.”