A convener of the #FixTheCountry group, Oliver Barker-Vormawor, is unhappy about the Ghana Police Service’s decision not to protect individuals who will embark on a protest due to the ban on social gathering.
Describing the move as disappointing, he insisted that the rationale behind the decision is an excuse to stifle citizens from demonstrating and demanding a better livelihood.
“It is disappointing that the police are using the language of Covid-19 yet they have no measures in place for receipt of notices… This is not just an amenities protest.
“We have failed citizens of the country. We have made them feel small, belittled them till they have lost their voice. We have continuously undermined their confidence and discouraged them from even thinking they have a stake in the way the country improves,” he told Evans Mensah on Top Story.
The Police says it has, in a letter, told the group that it cannot accept their request to protest on the streets of Accra.
According to the Head of the Public Affairs Unit of Accra Regional Police Command, the protest scheduled for May 9, could be a super-spreader of Covid-19, hence the need for the organisers to pull the breaks.
Reacting to that, Mr Baker-Vormawor insisted that the parade would not trigger the spread of Covid-19.
According to him, per the reports from government, public gatherings during the 2020 campaign did not lead to the spread of Covid-19 hence the response by the Ghana Police Service holds no water.
“The government by its own example has shown us that it is possible for public gatherings, especially in outdoor spaces to be carried out without significant risk of the spread of infection.
“And it is here that I must point out throughout November 2020 to January 2021, the Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah continuously challenged any claims that political gathering led to any increase in Covid-19 cases,” Baker-Vormawor said.
The convener of the agitated group is of the view that it is possible to organise public gatherings, and public events and be Covid compliant.
He further stated that their pursuit to protest and improve the lives of the Ghanaian populace would not be curtailed by the police.
“So we are sure that if public gatherings carried thousands of people, including the voters exercise which entailed 13 million Ghanaians did not lead to a rise in any infections then in the same way we exercise our constitutional right to vote, we are going to be able to exercise our constitutional rights to hold the government to account through a conversation and that is what we are going to do,” he stated.