The Ghana Police Service has served notice that plans are underway for a meeting session with organizers of recent demonstration that happened at the 37 trotro station.
A statement from the Director of Public Affairs of the Police Service said, “As the demonstration has come to an end, we look forward to meeting with the organizers for a debriefing session with them with the aim of fostering a more fruitful engagement in the future”.
The statement further clarified assertion that, the Police Service is against citizens protesting to voice out their frustrations over governmental issues.
“We would like to assure the public once again, that the Service is not against any person or group of persons who may want to demonstrate. We have a track record of providing security for demonstrations in the past and would continue to do so within the confines of the law. We, therefore, urge the general public to continue to partner us, as we work towards deepening our democratic credentials and maintaining peace and security in our beloved country” the statement said.
It added, “The Police would also like to apologize to members of the public who were inconvenienced in one way or the other, especially those who were caught up in the vehicular holdups during the demonstration.”
This comes after a three-day demonstration organized by the Democracy Hub which was aimed at picketing at the seat of government – Jubilee House.
On Wednesday, September 20 – the police filed an injunction application seeking to prevent the group from proceeding with their planned protest.
In defiance of the police’s order, the group leaders insisted on going ahead with the protest. However, on Thursday, September 21, the police prevented the group from assembling at Jubilee House.
A total of forty-nine protestors were detained during this process.
On Friday and Saturday, the group continued their protest on the 37 military hospital area which caused a lot of vehicular traffic.