ACCRA, 07 July: Hundreds of opposition supporters marched through the streets of Ghana’s capital demonstrating against what they described as rising insecurity and lawlessness since President Nana Akufo-Addo came to power in 2017.
Wearing mostly red or black, the youth wing of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) danced through the streets with signs such as “You tweeted for George Floyd … Ghanaians have died, speak up!”.
Accompanied by the honking of motorcycle horns and music blasting from pick-up trucks, the group delivered a petition to the offices of the president and speaker of parliament.
“Thank you to the Youth of Ghana opposition for turning up and having a peaceful protest,” George Opare Addo, the National Youth Organizer for the NDC, posted on Twitter.
“May the powers that be see reason in our protest and act accordingly.”
The marchers pointed to a string of high-profile murders across the country.
“The recent killings in the city have put fear in us. We are afraid to go out at night for fear of being killed,” said Kingsley Boateng, a 40-year-old mechanic, according to the news agency.
Two protesters were shot dead and four wounded in clashes with security forces in the southern region of Ashanti last month, in rallies over the death of youth activist Ibrahim “Kaaka” Mohammed.
“The police is filled with tyrants and vigilante groups,” Alisu Ibrahim, a protest organiser said, according to news agency.
“They have been killing our people. That is why we are demonstrating.”
Protesters also waved banners criticising economic hardship and joblessness, referencing the #FixTheCountry hashtag that has become a popular social media protest on Twitter in Ghana.