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25.04.2005 General News

GaDangme hold protest march tomorrow

By Times

GA CHIEFS DENOUNCE DEMO The Ga Traditional Council has dissociated itself from a protest march planned for tomorrow by the GaDangme Council, a group of Ga and Dangme indigenes.

The chiefs have expressed their disapproval of the planned march, saying that all the issues cited as the bone of contention for the protest march are being addressed with the authorities. There is no need, therefore, to go on to the streets to cause or create confusion, they say.

“The chiefs and their traditional leaders were not consulted, so they cannot associate themselves or participate in the march,” said Nii Adotey Obuor, Sempe Mantse and acting president of the Ga Traditional Council.

He was speaking on Saturday at the inauguration of the new executive of the Ga District Chiefs Association at Amasaman in the Ga West District. Nii Adotey Obuor cautioned chiefs not to allow any group of people from their area to cause disaffection for Ga Dangmes.

A statement issued earlier by the GaDangme Council in Accra and signed by its registrar, Nana Kordai Assimah, said the peaceful march “is intended to seek justice in relation to issues affecting GaDangme land, language and cultures.”

It said over the years, the GaDangme Council, in consultation with the Supreme Council of GaDangme chiefs, had drawn public attention, through public fora, media statements and programmes “to the plight of the GaDangme people having been reduced to an indigenous minority in the land of their birth.”

The statement pointed out that GaDangme chiefs and people had interacted with state agencies and presented memoranda to the third Parliament of the Fourth Republic and the present administration.

“The march is one more avenue of seeking immediate appropriate state intervention, and of drawing attention to the efforts of the GaDangme Council to obtain justice through the courts,” it added.

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