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25.02.2021 Social News

Drop all charges against Ernesto Yeboah – Government told

By Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
Economic Fighters League (EFL) leader Ernesto Yeboah
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Economic Fighters League (EFL) leader Ernesto Yeboah

Black Lives Matter groups in the United States of America (USA) are demanding that government drops all charges against the leader of the Economic Fighters League (EFL) for his role in a solidarity vigil last year.

The leader of the EFL on June 6, 2020, led a vigil in Accra to express solidarity with uprisings against police killings of Black people in the USA following the brutal murder of George Floyd.

The vigil was violently disrupted by police and resulted in the arrest of Ernesto Yeboah who is now standing trial.

If convicted, the leader of the Economic Fighters League may be sentenced to one year in prison.

Following the proceedings keenly, Black Lives Matter groups in the USA have issued a statement to condemn what they say is the criminalization of protest by the Ghanaian government.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the criminalization of protest by the Ghanaian government, which presented itself as a safe haven for African people of the Diaspora during the Year of Return and continues to promote itself as a protector of Pan-Africanism. Criminalizing acts of Pan-African solidarity does not fall in line with this tradition,” part of a press release from the Black Lives Matter group reads.

It adds, “We join our comrades in the Economic Fighters League in demanding that the Ghanaian government immediately drop all charges against Ernesto Yeboah and cease its targeting of the EFL and other freedom fighters.”

Read the full release from the Black Lives Matter below:

“WE ARE NOT FREE UNTIL WE ALL ARE FREE”

Black Lives Matter Statement of Solidarity with Economic Fighters

League and Protesters in Ghana

On June 6, 2020, the Pan-African organization Economic Fighters League (EFL) organized a vigil in Accra, Ghana to express solidarity with uprisings against police killings of Black people in the United States after the brutal murder of George Floyd. The action, which was organized to show support for Black Lives Matter, was violently disrupted by Ghanaian police, who fired bullets into the air to disperse the crowd and arrested EFL Leader, Ernesto Yeboah. Now, Ernesto is standing trial for organizing this solidarity action and may be sentenced to one year in prison if he is convicted. We refuse to allow this to happen.

We condemn in the strongest terms the criminalization of protest by the Ghanaian government, which presented itself as a safe haven for African people of the Diaspora during the Year of Return and continues to promote itself as a protector of Pan-Africanism. Criminalizing acts of Pan-African solidarity does not fall in line with this tradition.

At the June 6th vigil, BLM supporters carried signs that said, “Justice for Ahmaud [Arbery],” “Justice for George [Floyd],” “Black Lives Matter,” and “Africa Must Unite.” They chanted “We Are Not Free Until We Are All Free” and highlighted the troubling police brutality that is happening in Ghana.

According to EFL, 20 people died from police brutality in 2018, including Eric Ofutso whose loved ones are still demanding justice for his murder by a soldier in April 2020. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, at least ten people have been jailed for protesting. These acts of protest for justice should be celebrated, not criminalized.

We join our comrades in the Economic Fighters League in demanding that the Ghanaian government immediately drop all charges against Ernesto Yeboah and cease its targeting of the EFL and other freedom fighters.

We stand with all members of our global Black community in fighting for justice.

We express our deepest appreciation to our family members in Ghana and around the world, who join us in fighting for freedom for all Black people everywhere.

Signed by:

Black Lives Matter Philly,

Black Lives Matter Paterson,

Black Lives Matter Chicago,

Black Lives Matter Boston,

Black Lives Matter New Jersey,

Black Lives Matter Nashville,

#BlackLivesMatter – Hudson Valley, Black Lives Matter 5280

Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo

Journalist

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