‘Yewu Demo’ Flops In Kumasi – NDC, Police Clash
There were chaotic scenes yesterday in the Central District of Kumasi when some leading members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) virtually ‘clashed’ with the police over the agreed route of the ‘Yewu’ demonstration.
The police were trying to restrict the demonstrators to follow the approved route for the march, but leaders of the party would not accept any restrictions.
For several minutes, there was a standoff and heated verbal exchanges between the police and the NDC leaders at the Jubilee Park, but after a while, the police allowed the demonstrators to have their way.
The protestors clad in red and black dresses carried placards some of which read: “Ye Te Sika So Enso Ekom De Yen, Mr. President Stop Collapsing Banks, Fraudulent And Azaa School Placement, Mr. President You Are Corrupt And Open John Mahama’s Kejetia Market Now.”
The Coalition for National Sovereignty, led by Bernard Monarh of the People’s National Convention (PNC) and some leading members of the NDC staged the protest to drum home their grievances over economic hardships in the country.
According to them, the hardship in the country was had become unbearable for the citizenry, and that the government needed to sit up.
The march, which started at the Jubilee Park and through some principal streets of Kumasi, failed to attract the expected patronage. About 100 people took part in the demonstration to the chagrin of the organizers.
Augustus Nana Akwasi, the Ashanti Regional NDC Chairman, lamented that economic hardship had become the order of the day and called for intervention.
Former Deputy Sports Minister, Joseph Yammin, Afrifa Yamoah Ponkoh and other NDC bigwigs in the region also took part in the demonstration.