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09.05.2021 Social News

We're ready to join, spread #FixTheCountry protest in Volta Region — HoYCoD to conveners

By Japhet Festus Gbede || Contributor
We're ready to join, spread #FixTheCountry protest in Volta Region — HoYCoD to conveners
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The Ghana Police Service has stopped organizers of the #FixTheCountry from holding their protest scheduled for Sunday, May 9.

This was after organizers of the protest had written to the police administration informing it of their intention to hit the streets to express their displeasure over economic hardship in the country.

The police however secured a court injunction on the planned protest citing the ban on public gatherings in line with COVID-19 protocols as a reason.

But in a one-page letter, Ho West Youth Congress for Development (HoYCoD) disagrees with the position of the Ghana Police Service and charged the youths within the Volta and other regions to join the non-political #FixTheCountry protest on the 9th, May 2021.

The letter signed by the Convenor and the Executive Director of the Youth Group based in Ho West Constituency said they find the counter campaigns and moves to prevent the intended demonstration on Sunday, May 9, 2021, disingenuous and disappointing.

The statement noted, "we think that the use of the Ghana Police Service and the judiciary to deny the organizers their constitutional right to demonstrate in a democracy is an affront to the letter and spirit of the 1992 Constitution and must be called out without any equivocation."

The group added, "We further pledge our utmost support and absolute readiness to join, participate, and even play leading roles in this campaign and all other ancillary activities by the organizers. If the organizers would decide to replicate the demonstrations across the country, we shall be ready to assist in organizing the campaign in the Volta Region and Ho West District in particular."

Read full statement below:

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE #FixTheCountry CAMPAIGN

The imminent #FixTheCoutry Campaign and Civil Action is gathering momentum despite stiff and brazen opposition and counter campaigns from government officials, Members of Parliament, and communicators of the ruling party, who think the #FixTheCountry Campaign is a political move calculated at discrediting the ruling government, and making it unpopular.

We, of the Ho West Youth Congress for Development (HoYCoD), do not consider the current campaign and struggle by the youth all over the country, who are behind the #FixTheCountry as a partisan political activity.

We see it as a process to make our political leaders more responsible and accountable to us. We identify with our colleagues in other parts of the nation. We can also experience the hardships in our society currently. We ply the bad roads regularly too; we see the abandoned projects in our communities, district, and elsewhere as well.

It is in light of all of the above that we, of HoYCoD, cannot agree more with the organizers that the youth of Ghana, irrespective of its political affiliations, must rise and hold our government truly accountable to us. This is why we wish to be identified with this struggle and lend our support to the organizers.

We wish to state that we find the counter campaigns and moves to prevent the intended demonstration on Sunday, May 9, 2021, disingenuous and disappointing. Further, we think that the use of the Ghana Police Service and the judiciary to deny the organizers their constitutional right to demonstrate in a democracy is an affront to the letter and spirit of the 1992 Constitution and must be called out without any equivocation.

As a youth-oriented organization, especially one committed to seeking the utmost welfare and development of the youth, who find ourselves on the periphery of opportunities, we indulge all our members; home and away; near and far to lend their full and absolute support through active participation and involvement in the #FixTheCountry demonstration and campaign.

We further pledge our utmost support and absolute readiness to join, participate, and even play leading roles in this campaign and all other ancillary activities by the organizers. If the organizers would decide to replicate the demonstrations across the country, we shall be ready to assist in organizing the campaign in the Volta Region and Ho West District in particular.

HoYCoD, therefore, wishes to call on all other youth groups within the Volta Region and beyond to participate fully in the intended demonstration and subsequent actions aimed at restoring hope and life into our ailing economy.

Long live the Youth!

Long live Ghana!!

Ŋutifafa Kristo Kofi

Convenor

Carlos Yao Femi Ganyo

Executive Director

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