Occupy Flagstaff House Demo Suspended

Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance (CGRG), organizers of the ‘Occupy Flagstaff House’ protest, have suspended indefinitely the demonstration slated for September 22, 2014.

A statement signed by the Executive Secretary, George Kojo Anti, explained that the indefinite postponement was in response to calls from a ‘preponderant number of members and sympathisers for the group to support activities lined up to commemorate the National Volunteer Day.’

The group was expected to embark on another demonstration dubbed, ‘Occupy Flagstaff House2, ‘ to protest the worsening economic conditions in the country.

This comes on the back of a similar protest which was staged on July 1, 2014 to demand better economic management from government.

The group subsequently initiated the weekly ‘Red Friday’ campaign to get the government to respond to the petition which was submitted at the Presidency during the July 1 protest.

The statement from the CGRG indicated that the Greater Accra Regional Police Command, which assured the group of its willingness to protect the participants during the ‘Occupy Flagstaff House 2’ protest march, had been notified of the indefinite postponement.

‘In lieu of Monday’s protest, CGRG will join Fashion For Change Africa (FFCA) and Utopia Wishlist to organise a medical seminar with volunteer doctors who will educate residents of the Chosen Rehab Centre, Darkuman, Accra, about cholera and the Ebola epidemics.’

The statement added that pictorial presentations and demonstrations would be made on proper hand washing techniques.

Residents would also benefit from empowering interactive sessions with members of the three groups, while medical supplies would be donated to the centre to help cater for the medical needs of residents.

CGRG urged all its members and supporters to join ‘this noble cause as we, in our own small way, fight the ‘octopus of hardships’ which Government has neglected to deal with.’

It further called on all concerned Ghanaians to join the three groups at the Chosen Rehab Centre, Darkuman with cash and/ or clothes and sundries to support this worthy cause.

‘Concerned Ghanaians who may be unable to show up at the Chosen Rehab Centre are urged to volunteer their time and do some form of community service on Monday, September 22, 2014,’ the statement enjoined.

‘If Government will not fight the ‘octopus of hardships’, we will. God bless our homeland Ghana.’

Court Direction
An Accra Circuit Court had earlier ordered the Concerned Ghanaians to re-direct the routes and time of the demonstration.

The court, in granting an ex-parte motion, directed that the demonstration be held from 0500 hour to 1400 hours, and that, the route of the said demonstration should start from Obra Spot to Farisco Traffic Light and end at Hearts Park.

Chief Inspector Francis Tassan, who moved the motion on Thursday, argued that, the route plan of the organizers was not conducive to security arrangement.

According to Chief Inspector Tassan, using the Ako Adjei fly over through Flagstaff House would be a security threat.

Considering the public interest and security, Chief Inspector Tassan said the police would prefer the convergence point at Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and end at the Hearts Park in Accra.

The court, presided over by M.E. Essandoh, granted the motion.


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