The Accra Divisional Command of the Ghana Police Service has revealed that it can’t give approval to the scheduled May 9 #FixTheCountryNow protest due to COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings.
#FixTheCountryNow protest is an online protest spearheaded by a section of Ghanaian youth on Twitter. With its inception by KalyJay, a renowned Ghanaian social media influencer, the online protest has gassed light and has since attracted varying opinions from Ghanaians from different walks of life including renowned media personalities and politicians who have equally added their voice.
The Accra Divisional Command’s announcement comes as a huge blow to protestors who were ready for the physical peaceful protests on May 9. “The Command received a letter of notification on Tuesday afternoon of an intended demonstration slated for the 9th of this month,” said DSP Effia Tenge, the Public Relations Officer of the Greater Accra Regional Police Command.
She further noted that “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.
To sound a clear word of caution to protestors who may take their command’s directive on a wrong note, DSP Effia Tenge warned that if the group goes contrary to their recommendation, they will face the rigours of the law.