The Youth Wing of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has notified the Police of its intent to organise a street protest on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, to demand justice for all persons killed or brutalised by the various security agencies in the country at Ejura.
This would be a massive test for the Police which has been exposed in its bias against protests planned by groups whose calls are critical of the Akufo Addo administration.
The recent refusal of the Police Service to allow a planned demonstration by the youth group #FixTheCountry for an obscure reason that it would breach COVID-19 restrictions will be put to the test by the NDC’s notice.
In a letter 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).
“The protest is to demand justice for all persons killed and brutalised by state-sponsored thuggery and or adventurism by police and military forces”, the letter said.
It added, “We are willing to meet with the police for further discussions on the subject.”
The notice christens the demonstration a, ‘A March for Justice.’ It is scheduled to begin from 8:00 am to mid-day.
It said the protest is also to demand social justice for the unemployed in the country.
The letter added that the demonstration will be carried out by four chapters of demonstrators. One chapter of the protest will begin from Madina, while three other chapters will start from the Central Business of Accra, Osu and Lapaz through the principal streets of Accra.
All four groups will converge on the Jubilee House to present a petition to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
A copy of the petition will also be presented to the IGP at the Police Headquarters and the Speaker of Parliament at the Parliament House.
The notice is also coming in the wake of brutalities in Ejura in the Ashanti Region, where six protestors were shot by Military and Police personnel. Two of the protestors were killed while four sustained various degrees of injury.
The protestors had been marching in objection to the earlier killing of a #FixTheCountry Movement leader, Ibrahim Mohammed.
Mr. Mohammed who was nicknamed Macho Kaaka was set upon by assailants at his home and bludgeoned to death.
As the #FixTheCountry Movement had been in court with the Police over the State’s refusal to give the group permit to demonstrate, many suspect his killing was State-sponsored.