The American government has issued an alert warning its citizens in Ghana to be mindful of a planned street protest on Tuesday under the aegis of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The largest opposition party says the demonstration is aimed at demanding justice for the recent killings of civilians, state of insecurity and “to seek social justice for all unemployed youth in the country.”
Issuing the alert, the U.S Embassy in Accra said: “We are aware of a march planned on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. The activity is likely to draw a large crowd and disrupt traffic. Considerable police presence and heavy congestion are expected along the planned route, beginning from Accra Mall at 6 am and then moving south towards Parliament House throughout the day.
“ACTIONS TO TAKE: Monitor local media for updates. Exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests. Plan for alternate travel routes. Comply with all police and security service instructions.”
The police have assured the public of their safety throughout the march:
Rallying the youth
In an earlier statement, the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, said the protest will remind president Akufo-Addo of his responsibilities towards the people of Ghana, especially in the area of public safety and security.
“The National Democratic Congress (NDC) wishes to urge all Ghanaians, particularly the youth and members of the party to massively participate in the upcoming demonstration which is being organised under the auspices of the youth wing of the party,” it said.
“The planned demonstration and street protest, which has been scheduled for Tuesday, 6 July 2021, is to help raise awareness about the state of insecurity and lawlessness in Ghana and compel President Akufo-Addo to wake up from his slumber and act with urgency,” the NDC statement added.
Below is the full statement
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) wishes to urge all Ghanaians, particularly the youth and members of the Party to massively participate in the upcoming demonstration which is being organized under the auspices of the Youth Wing of the Party.
The planned demonstration and street protest, which has been scheduled for Tuesday, 6th July, 2021, is to help raise awareness about the state of insecurity and lawlessness in Ghana and compel President Akufo-Addo to wake up from his slumber and act with urgency.
The protest march will therefore remind President Akufo-Addo of his responsibilities towards the people of Ghana especially in the area of public safety and security. It will seek to draw attention of the government to the growing loss of public confidence in the hierarchy of some security agencies.
The march will also signal the beginning of public sensitization activities to compel the government to rid the security agencies of NPP hoodlums and misfits who have been recruited and are being used to terrorize innocent and peace-loving Ghanaians. The march will also be in solidarity with the silent majority of security personnel who are concerned about the undue politicization of recruitment and appointments to the detriment of professionalism and discipline.
Finally, we intend to remind the Akufo Addo junta that Ghanaians have had enough of the state-sponsored brutalities and harassment against innocent, peace loving citizens.
The NDC is alarmed and appalled at the increased-spate of state-sponsored brutalities, killings and harassment against innocent citizens being supervised by President Akufo-Addo, as was witnessed during the Ayawaso West Wuogon bye-election and the December 7 Polls in Techiman South and other areas, as well as the Gregory Afoko case and the recent murder of Ibrahim Mohammed, AKA Kaaka by hoodlums belonging to the NPP and state-sponsored killings and maiming of some innocent youth of Ejura.
These issues are of grave concern to Ghanaians across the political spectrum. We therefore urge the public to join hands with the youth of the NDC in a common goal to restore sanity into the security services and the nation as a whole.
Hon. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah
(General Secretary, NDC)