In several high-profile killings, hundreds of protesters asked the government to provide citizens with better security.
Hundreds of opposition supporters marched in the streets of Accra, the capital of Ghana, to protest what they called insecurity and lawlessness since President Nana Akufo-Addo came to power in 2017 The situation is getting worse.
On Tuesday, the youth wing of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) mainly wore red or black clothes, holding things like “You tweet for George Floyd… The Ghanaians are dead, loudly Speak out!” Waiting for the slogan to dance in the street.
Accompanied by the sound of motorcycle horns and the sound of pickup truck music, the organization submitted a petition to the office of the President and the Speaker of the Parliament.
NDC National Youth Organizer George Opare Addo wrote on Twitter: “Thanks to the youth of Ghana for showing up and protesting peacefully.”
“May those in power see reason in our protests and act accordingly.”
what a wonderful day! Thank the young Ghanaians for showing up and protesting peacefully. May those in power see reason in our protests and act accordingly. More pictures will appear! #MarchForJustice #Youth power pic.twitter.com/fUoynwkCkn
— George Opare Addo, Esq. (@Georgeoaddo) July 6, 2021
The marchers pointed out a series of high-profile murders across the country.
“The recent killings in the city made us feel terrified. According to Reuters, a 40-year-old mechanic, Kingsley Boateng, said that we dared not go out at night because we were afraid of being killed.
Last month, at a rally for the death of youth activist Ibrahim “Kaka” Mohammed, two protesters were shot dead in clashes with security forces in the southern area of Ashanti and four others were injured.
According to Agence France-Presse, protest organizer Alisu Ibrahim said: “The police are full of tyrants and self-defense forces.”
“They have been killing our people. That’s why we are demonstrating.”
The protesters also waved banners criticizing economic difficulties and unemployment, citing the hashtag #FixTheCountry, which has become a popular social media protest on Twitter in Ghana.
Akufo-Addo won his second term in December after the election resulted in at least five deaths due to violence, which is rare in a country that enjoys a reputation as one of the most stable democracies in West Africa.
The police told local media that on June 29, an unidentified person assaulted a young civil rights activist in the city of Ejula. A few days later, after a clash with security forces, two people who protested his death died.
The petition said: “Those who are fighting to restore the country have become enemies of your government because they have either been intimidated, harassed or killed.”
In its request, the NDC stated that the president should “depoliticize the security sector and introduce reforms to give real meaning” [their] independent”.