The Ghana Police Service has given permission for the National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) youth branch to hold their planned “March for Justice” rally on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
The police had previously refused an invitation to provide protection for the protestors, citing COVID-19 limitations.
However, the NDC continued on protesting, dismissing the reasons for the denial of their request.
According to the NDC’s Youth Organiser, George Opare Addo, the police reversed their earlier decision following a crucial meeting between the two parties.
“We had a really productive meeting. They have decided to give us the right to demonstrate. They retracted the initial letter they sent us, so we withdrew our statement, and then they acknowledged that it was our democratic right to demonstrate, so it wasn’t a tough meeting,” he added.
Meanwhile, the NDC has called for #FixTheCountry demonstrators who have previously been denied permission to march to join forces with them because their issues are identical.
Purpose of protest
The NDC youth wing had notified the police that it will organize a street protest dubbed ‘A March for Justice’ on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, to demand justice for all persons killed or brutalized by the various security agencies in the country.
In a letter written to the Inspector General of Police, the NDC youth wing said it was writing to the police in accordance with the Public Order Act (491).
But the Regional Police Command’s explanation in rejecting the group’s request referred to Section 4 of the Public Order Act 1994 (ACT 491) particularly concerning public health.
“Restrictions imposed by the Executive Instrument (EI) 395 to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have still not been lifted”, the police stated.
This did not sit well with the youth wing as they threatened to go ahead with their planned demonstration despite the Police Service’s refusal to provide protection.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh subsequently requested to meet the leaders of the youth wing over their planned demonstration.