Activists call for the release of suspected LGBTQI members arrested by the Police

Activists call for the release of suspected LGBTQI members arrested by the Police

- Some activists are calling for the release of the 21 individuals arrested by the Police in Ho for unlawful assembly

- The individuals were remanded by the circuit court in Ho last week

- The group is made up of 16 females, and five males

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Some activists have kicked off a campaign dubbed #ReleaseThe21 seeking the release of persons they say were unjustifiably arrested by the Ghana Police Service.

On Friday, May 21, 2021, YEN.com reported that 21 individuals said to be members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQIA) community have been remanded by a Circuit Court in Ho.

Activists call for the release of suspected LGBTQIs Arrested By Police with #ReleaseThe21
Activists call for the release of suspected LGBTQIs Arrested By Police with #ReleaseThe21. Photo source: User-generated
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According to a statement by the Volta Regional Command of the Ghana Police Service, the suspects, 16 females, and five males were remanded after being put before the court over an unlawful assembly.

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The group, the statement added were arrested while they were having a conference at the Nurses and Midwives Hotel n the Volta Regional capital of Ho on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

Some activists are hitting back against the claims by the police, and asking for the release of those arrested.

Ms. Afrakomah shared that she traveled four hours to visit the individuals and asked that they be released.

"Yesterday, I drove 4 hours to Ho to visit the 21 in jail. I'm so broken. I can't sleep. I randomly start crying. I'm still processing so much. That could have been any one of us who work on the frontlines. #ReleaseThe21"

AeFD, an organization that claims to seek to "encourage diversity, equality, inclusiveness, and social justice" also shared a thread about visiting the arrested individuals and their current conditions.

In other news, Otumfuo’s Nkwantakesehene, Nana Boakye Yaw Ababio, has described Twene Jonas, the US-based Ghanaian vlogger as a “living dead.”

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Jonas incurred the wrath of the Nkwantakesehene and the entire Asanteman for defiling and disrespecting the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, in his latest take on the dreaded illegal mining menace in the country.

The controversial social media commentator vehemently lashed out at the venerable Ashanti monarch over his inability to expose traditional rulers and politicians who are destroying the lands and water bodies through illegal mining.

"Ghana everyone is a thief, they don't speak the truth, including the Asantehene,” Jonas stated in his latest video which has gone viral since its publication.

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