Kumasi rocked by massive anti-government protest


Kumasi, Feb. 25, GNA – Kumasi, the nation’s second largest city and hotbed of political opposition was on Wednesday rocked by a massive anti-government protest.

Tens of thousands of people, responded to the call by the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to hit the streets over what it claims is the poor handling of the country’s energy crisis.

Dressed in red and black to signify their anger and frustration, their numbers kept swelling as they snail through the designated routes for the march amidst whistling, shouting of slogans and blowing of vuvuzelars.

When they got to the central business district of Adum, some of the traders abandoned their wares to join them, while others urged them on in solidarity.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the NPP vice presidential candidate for the 2016 elections, Mr Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, a stalwart, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, Minority Leader, and other Members of Parliament (MPs) were on hand to lead the demonstration.

Also there were some national officers of the party, including Mr Sammy Awuku and Otiko Djaba Afisah, the Women’s Organizer.

The protesters held placards with messages like ‘   ‘sack the thieves to safe Ghana’, Traders are mourning’, ‘Mahama is dumsor’, ‘NHIS is collapsing’, ‘We are dying of dumsor’, ‘Dumsor is now dumkoraa’, ‘Ghana Abre’, ‘No more promises’, ‘What a John’ ‘light now not 2016’, ‘No light for marking’ among others.

Others were also seen labouring under the weight of damaged refrigerators, television sets, sewing machines, electric irons and other electrical gadgets.

The police backed with riot control vehicles were visible to provide protection.

The demonstration was generally peaceful with no reported nasty incident.

The protesters started off at the State Boys Junior High School at Bantama and were expected to end at the Abey’s park at Ashtown, where they were to be addressed by their leaders.

As of the time of filing this report, at 1300 hours, they were still on the streets.

GNA


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