A group of disappointed Ghanaians operating under the name Concerned Ghanaians (CG), is planning a major demonstration on Independence Day dubbed, ‘Yani Abre.’
The demonstration is geared towards protesting the high utility and fuel prices as well as the high unemployment rate.
Originally, the demonstration was scheduled to come off on Independence Day, March 6, 2016, but in view of the fact that it falls on a Sunday, leadership of the group has postponed the event to coincide with the celebration which would take place on Monday, March 7, 2016 – a public holiday.
The group has since notified the Greater Accra Regional police of its intention to host the event as contained in a letter dated March 19, 2016 and jointly signed by spokespersons for the group, Goodfellow Ofei-Dei and Atick Yakubu.
“In accordance with Public Order Act, 1994 the leadership of Concerned Ghanaians, a non-governmental and non-partisan civil society group, wishes to notify the Police Command of the Greater Accra Region about our impending public event, scheduled for Monday, 7th March, 2016,” the letter stated.
An attempt by the group to hold a similar event last year was prevented by the police who secured a court order against the planned demonstration.
But this time around, leadership of CG said, “We shall also take the opportunity to commune with one another as we seek to build on our peace and unity against the backdrop of this year being an election year.”
The group is expecting not less than 500 people to participate in the intended demonstration.
Participants are expected to converge at the famous Obra Spot from where they would commence the protest march at 6am.
They would then proceed through the traditional demonstration route and finally end at the Hearts of Oak Park around 2pm.
By Charles Takyi-Boadu