Tons of of protesters demanded the federal government present higher safety to residents amid a number of high-profile killings.
Tons of of opposition supporters marched via the streets of Ghana’s capital Accra demonstrating towards what they described as rising insecurity and lawlessness since President Nana Akufo-Addo got here to energy in 2017.
Sporting principally pink or black, the youth wing of the Nationwide Democratic Congress (NDC) danced via the streets on Tuesday with indicators equivalent to “You tweeted for George Floyd … Ghanaians have died, communicate up!”.
Accompanied by the honking of motorbike horns and music blasting from pick-up vehicles, the group delivered a petition to the places of work of the president and speaker of parliament.
“Thanks to the Youth of Ghana for turning up and having a peaceable protest,” George Opare Addo, the Nationwide Youth Organizer for the NDC, posted on Twitter.
“Might the powers that be see motive in our protest and act accordingly.”
What a day! Thanks to the Youth of Ghana for turning up and having a peaceable protest. Might the powers that be see motive in our protest and act accordingly. Extra photos will come up! #MarchForJustice #YouthPower pic.twitter.com/fUoynwkCkn
— George Opare Addo, Esq. (@georgeoaddo) July 6, 2021
The marchers pointed to a string of high-profile murders throughout the nation.
“The current killings within the metropolis have put concern in us. We’re afraid to exit at night time for concern of being killed,” mentioned Kingsley Boateng, a 40-year-old mechanic, in accordance with Reuters information company.
Two protesters have been shot lifeless and 4 wounded in clashes with safety forces within the southern area of Ashanti final month, in rallies over the dying of youth activist Ibrahim “Kaaka” Mohammed.
“The police is full of tyrants and vigilante teams,” Alisu Ibrahim, a protest organiser mentioned, in accordance with AFP information company.
“They’ve been killing our individuals. That’s the reason we’re demonstrating.”
Protesters additionally waved banners criticising financial hardship and joblessness, referencing the #FixTheCountry hashtag that has develop into a well-liked social media protest on Twitter in Ghana.
Akufo-Addo gained a second time period in December following a heated election that was marred by violence through which at the very least 5 individuals have been killed, a rarity in a rustic that has a fame as certainly one of West Africa’s most secure democracies.
On June 29, unidentified individuals beat to dying a younger civil rights activist within the metropolis of Ejura, police informed native media. Days later two individuals protesting towards his dying died, following clashes with safety forces.
“These crusading for the nation to be mounted have develop into enemies of your authorities as they’re both being intimidated, harassed or killed,” the petition mentioned.
Amongst its calls for, the NDC mentioned the president ought to “de-politicise the safety companies introducing reforms to provide true that means to [their] independence”.