The police has reminded organisers of the #FixTheCountry protest that there is still a ban on public gatherings as part of the coronavirus pandemic protocols.
The organisers of the protest had written to the police informing them of their intention to hit the streets on May 9, 2021 but in a response, the police said they will not be available to provide them protection.
The police however reminded and advised the organisers that the ban on public gatherings in line with COVID-19 protocols is still in force.
One of the convenors of the group, Adatse Brownson has said they are still engaging the police on the issue with their lawyers.
A social media campaign with the hashtag #FixTheCountry started at the weekend with the organisers arguing that the Akufo-Addo administration should fix the problems confronting Ghana.
According to the group, every sector of the country needs to be fixed.
Speaking on behalf of the Greater Accra Regional Police, DSP Effia Tenge said the police received the letter of notification about the planned protest on May 9 on Tuesday afternoon and has since met with the convenor and one other leader.
She said the command told them they could embark on the demonstration, however, “there is an imposition or restriction” banning large public gatherings such as what they intend to organise and therefore the police may not be able to provide them with protection.
However, they could come back when the restrictions are lifted for the police to provide them the necessary protection as required by the Public Order Act.
What is the campaign about
The protest dubbed: “FixTheCountry, is in response to what the convenors say was economic hardship in Ghana under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo.
Many have taken to Twitter to express their views with what they consider as “economic mess” confronting the country and they want leadership to fix it.
Below is a copy of the notification they sent to the police
“For Your Attention Ghana Police Service Accra
What’s the point of that? We have no intention of gaining entry into any security installation, destroying private property or breaching the peace in any other way. The March is about due process and government accountability. As such we intend to conduct the March in a manner consistent with the laws of the country, with particular regard to our rights and duties under the Constitution and such other relevant. This notice being itself an indication of such intent. There is no intention to engage in the same patterns of lawless conduct that elected officials and their appointees are prone to. Also, we assure you that unlike the 2020 Elections which led to the unexplained deaths of Ghanaian citizens for which, till this day, no official has been held accountable for; our March is not grounded in gratuitous violence.
Route of Planned Protest March
Compliance with COVID-19 Health Directives
• Each person will stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone they do not live with.
• Each person must wash their hands with soap and water before you leave the house
• Each person must use hand sanitiser gel regularly during the March
• Each person must wash their hands as soon as they get home – do this for at least 20 seconds
• Each person must cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• Each person must carry a utilities bag in which they will put used and wash their hands afterwards or use hand sanitisers immediately after
• Each person must refrain from touching their eyes, nose or mouth if their hands are not clean.
All persons attending the Event should ensure that social distancing is practiced traveling to and from, and during the FIXTHECOUNTRY Protest. This means that: