'Don't disturb peace, security' - Police warn Kum Yen Preko demonstrators
Police in Accra have warned that they will deal swiftly with trouble makers during a protest march scheduled for Tuesday, July 9, 2019.
“Infiltrators who may want to take advantage of the demonstration to foment trouble are hereby cautioned to reconsider their decision since the Police will not hesitate in dealing with acts that have the tendency to undermine general public peace and order,” a statement from the police said.
The ‘Kum Yen Preko’ protest march, according to organisers – the Coalition for Social Justice (CSJ) – is a demonstration against what they say is the economic hardship under the current government.
Protestors are scheduled to walk through some principal streets of Accra after which an address will be made by leadership of the team.
The statement from the police, however, has assured the public that the protests will be peaceful.
The statement signed by Head of Police Public Affairs, Afia Tenge, said police will ensure that “routes earmarked for the event and take necessary steps to ensure the security of all demonstrators as well as maintaining law and order for the entire period and beyond.”
The protest march is expected to draw huge numbers of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) which is a key stakeholder in the action.
The party has issued a statement calling on its members and patriotic Ghanaians to join the demonstration.
Meanwhile, some interests groups that had promised to join the protest march have since rescinded that decision.
Read the full statement by the police below.