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17.05.2006 General News

CJA bares teeth at Tamale Police

By myjoyonline

The committee for joint action, CJA says it would take the Northern regional Police Command on for not allowing their planned march in the metropolis under what they described as dubious circumstances.

The Police in Tamale refused the CJA permit to hold the phase two Wahala march against the fuel price hikes in the metropolis saying it coincided with another public gathering.

The Police subsequently went to court for an order of restraint against the march, which was granted. But addressing a news conference in Accra, a member of the CJA, Alhaji Ramadan said in the CJA’s opinion, the Police in Tamale did not act professionally.

“This application was scheduled to be made at 9 hours, one hour after the schedule start of the demonstration. We consider this lack of co-operation by the Tamale Police, a violation of the Public Order Act and an abuse of local process. We will pursue this matter separately and indeed we will be represented at the court for hearing, he said.

Another member of the CJA, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. Told journalists that he was optimistic that the series of demonstrations were actually making an impact on the government.

“The campaign we are organizing has many objectives. One of the objectives is to make it possible for people who have difficulties with policies and actions of government to mobilize themselves and express them clearly and that has been achieved by the CJA.