The organizers of the #OccupyJulorBiHouse protest, Democracy Hub, have announced their intention to continue their demonstration, which began on Thursday, September 21, 2023.
On that day, the Police Service arrested 49 people who had gathered near the Jubilee House and the 37 Military Hospital to participate in the protest.
According to the police, these protesters were taken into custody for unlawful assembly and for violating the Public Order Act. The police claim that the protesters ignored court documents served on the organizers, Democracy Hub, instructing them to refrain from conducting the planned demonstration.
Democracy Hub had earlier informed the Ghana Police Service of their intention to hold the demonstration on Nkrumah Memorial Day, calling on the President and members of the Economic Management Team to #FixTheCountry due to perceived economic mismanagement. However, on the eve of the event, the police obtained a court injunction preventing the protest from proceeding.
Videos circulated on social media on the day of the protests showing the arrest of several individuals, who were reportedly assaulted by officers. Despite these incidents, Democracy Hub has expressed its determination to return to the streets, as indicated in a press statement issued on September 22, encouraging the public to join them.
“Finally, as we step out for Day 2 and Day 3 of the #OccupyJulorBiHouse, we invite the support of the Public, to sustain democratic activism for change.”
Democracy Hub has also expressed its gratitude to the various individuals, including lawyers, journalists, social activists, and ordinary citizens who came together to provide support to the #FixTheCountry movement and those demonstrators who were unlawfully arrested during the protests.
“We are encouraged by your courage of conviction and sense of duty to our democracy. May posterity remember us favourably. We use this opportunity to condemn in the strongest of terms the assault on the lawyers, journalists and several other citizens who turned up yesterday to provide support to those who were arrested,” the statement added.