OccupyJulorBiHouse: Police Arrest Demonstrators Who Came Too Close To Jubilee House

OccupyJulorBiHouse: Police Arrest Demonstrators Who Came Too Close To Jubilee House

  • Scores of demonstrators moving towards the Jubilee House were arrested on Thursday by the police
  • The demonstrations on September 21, 2023 is to highlight what organisers say is rampant corruption and mismanagement under the Akufo-Addo government
  • Police, meanwhile, say they have secured an injunction against the protests dubbed OccuptyJulorbiHouse

Police have arrested scores of protestors who poured onto the streets of Accra on Thursday, September 21, 2023, to take part in the #OccupyJulorBiHouse demonstration.

The demonstrations taking place on the birthday of Ghana's first president Dr Kwame Nkrumah is being organised by an Accra-based civil society group, Democracy Hub,

Protestors say they hope to use the demonstration to call on the President and members of the Economic Management Team to #FixTheCountry.

OccupyJulorBiHouse: Police Arrest Demonstrators Who Came Too Close To Jubilee House
The Jubilee House (L) and police leading a protestor into a bus. Source: Facebook/@myjoyonline, @GhanaPresidency
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Demonstrators say the level of economic mismanagement and theft that has engulfed the Akufo-Addo government from the highest levels needs to be addressed.

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Police filed a last-minute injunction against the protests

Although the demonstrators informed police ahead of time, police say they secured an injunction from the court to stop the protests just hours before it was scheduled to start.

Organisers, meanwhile, say they have not been served any such injunction documents from the court and so rallied Ghanaians to pour onto the street.

We don't know where they are taking us

Broadcasting on Facebook from the massive police bus holding them, one of the conveners of the demonstration Oliver Barker-Vormawor, said the arrest was unlawful and arbitrary.

"We don’t know where they are taking us,” he cried out.

He also said the arrest of the peaceful demonstrators showed that the government had weaponised the police to suppress demonstrators.

“They have no right to arrest demonstrators in the country. This is not the democracy we signed up for. This is not a democracy," he said.

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Ghanaian protesters storm Jubilee House

Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh reported earlier that the protestors marched on the seat of Ghana's presidency in protest of bad governance.

The Ghana Police Service made last-minute legal attempts to stop the protest.

The group organising the protest, Democracy Hub, said it had not been served any legal process to suspend the protest.

Police move in after wood sellers clash with land guards at Ofankor

In other news, there was a clash between land guards and some wood sellers along the Accra-Nsawam road.

One person is feared dead and several others injured after the clash escalated into a riot.

Police have said calm has returned to the area and investigations into the incident are ongoing.

Renowned Ghanaian health expert laments visa discrimination against African travellers

Also in the news, a medical practitioner in Ghana has raised concerns about the constant frustrations that some Ghanaian professionals go through to secure visas to the US and Europe for important meetings.

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Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey took to Facebook to recount some of the flimsy reseasons he has been denied a visa to attend an important conference.

He told YEN.com.gh that he had written to Ghana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the visa discrimination issue.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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George Nyavor (Head of Politics and Current Affairs Desk) George Nyavor writes for YEN.com.gh. He has been Head of the Politics and Current Affairs Desk since 2022. George has over 9 years of experience in managing media and communications (Myjoyonline and GhanaWeb). George is a member of the Catholic Association of Media Practitioners Ghana (CAMP-G). He obtained a BA in Communications Studies from the Ghana Institute of Journalism in 2010. Reach out to him via george.nyavor@yen.com.gh.

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