A member of the communication team of the Progressive People’s Party, Charles Owusu has asked the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) to sought permission from the court to embark on their pending demonstration since the police have proven clearly that the affairs of government is of more significance to them than to protect citizens of the country.
According to him, the police have been tormenting AFAG for some time now to sojourn their demonstration as a similar thing happened in Kwahu when the group wanted to embark on a similar protest.
“What I want to say is that, both AFAG and the police should think about this nation and arrange everything. Why are the police denying the AFAG from demonstrating when they (AFAG) are not going to use weapons to demonstrate but has confirmed is a peaceful demonstration.
“It’s not a week or a month demonstration, just some few hours. It’s not reasonable for the police to issue a statement that due to the election petition which is ongoing, they will stop all demonstrations since their men are on a national assignment,” he said.
Although the Ghana Police Service has demystified assertions that they have banned all demonstrations and other mass activities due to the ongoing 2012 election petition, the PPP man believes both the police and the AFAG should sought mutual understanding from the court to make things easier.
“If the police are saying there shouldn’t be any demonstration in this country, I don’t understand. In the interest of this country, they (the Police and AFAG) should go back to the drawing board and amicably come to an agreement. The police keep postponing AFAG’s demonstration, it is not right. Ghana does not belong to anyone but it’s for us Ghanaians.
“…instead of the police to use their authority to protect the citizens, they rather say ‘yes sir master’ to gain favours from the sitting government. They sometimes forget their duties to protect the citizens. The police cannot intimidate the citizens. The police always want to defend the government if all is not going well, that must stop, they should sit down and resolve issues and stop the injunctions,” he said.
Speaking on Adom FM, Mr. Owusu further said “I am urging AFAG to test the law, they should go to court for court to interpret the police injunction on all demonstrations. Their so called demonstration must come on at all cost”.