Ghanaians Demonstrate Against Canadian Embassy Over Mass Visa Refusal

Hundreds of Ghanaian Football fans on Wednesday embarked on a demonstration to protest the Canadian High Commission’s refusal to grant them visas to travel to Canada to watch the on-going FIFA U20 World Cup matches.

Over 4000 Ghanaian visa applicants were refused visa by the High Commission without just cause.

Even high ranking government officials and other personalities were denied visas despite fully satisfying all travel requirements.

The irate Ghanaian fans have now decided to hit the streets in protest of what appears to be clear policy of the Canadian embassy not to let in any Ghanaian.

This policy is believed to have been influenced by reports over 200 Ghanaian fans who traveled to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup applied for political asylum under the false pretext of a tribal war in Ghana.

This move by the Ghanaian immigrants is said to have heightened unduly and to some extent unfairly the extent of scrutiny of foreign missions in Ghana.

The demonstration was first planed to take place last week but was put off over some sort of an assurance by the Sports Ministry to make an intervention.

This intervention never came – awakening the intent of the demonstration. The protester started their peaceful procession at the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkurmah Circle.

They are expected to take their procession along the principal streets of Accra and then eventually end in front of the Canadian High Commission situated at Ridge.