The Greater Accra Regional Police Command has revealed that they cannot sanction the proposed #FixTheCountry protests as it goes against the ban on public gatherings.
Ghanaians who have joined the trending online protest calling on government to fix the numerous economic challenges in the country have declared their intention to protest on May 9, 2021.
The group has through social media and using the hashtag #FixTheCountry expressed its displeasure over successive governments’ failure to improve the living standards of Ghanaians.
They cited intermittent power outages (dumsor), unemployment, poor healthcare systems among others as proof of successive governments’ mismanagement of the country.
It said it does not intend to deliver a petition to the presidency but will converge at Independence Square at 8:30 am for the march to commence at 9:30 am.
“The March will proceed peacefully and at a socially distanced pace from the Black Star Independence Square Station,” the group indicated in a statement.
But the Public Relations Officer of the Greater Accra Regional Police Command, DSP Effia Tenge on Eyewitness News said “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 is an imposition 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 in the last 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 far.