Ashaiman demonstration called off by police but demonstrators say they will take authorities by surprise
Following the call off of an intended demonstration scheduled by a group in the Ashaiman Constituency,they have served notice to demonstrate regardless.
An intended demonstration scheduled for today, August 16, by a group calling itself Concerned Ashaiman Citizens within the Greater Accra Region, has been called off by the police.
The demonstration was called off by police under the pretense that they do not have the men to protect the demonstrators, the demonstrators bemoaned.
The demonstrators used their disgust at the Ghana Police Service (GPS) for preventing them from registering their legal rights. Demonstration, according to one of the leaders of the demonstration who identified himself as Joshua Ashaiman said the police has no right to prevent them from registering their displeasure.
He further hinted that they would bounce back. He hinted that though the demonstration has been called off by the police, they will not relent but will do all possible to register their displeasure. "I say though we are disappointed at the police we will bounce back", he added.
The demonstrators are registering their displeasure at the government's renege to make their roads. According to the demonstrators, not even a single road within Ashaiman is motorable.
He said they will demonstrate until the government turns its attention to their roads. According to him, they(demonstrators) were ready as of yesterday day night but they were told by the police that a directive from IGP told them to restrain the demonstrators because they do not have enough protection for demonstrators.
But the demonstrators still serve notice that the demonstration will come on. Reacting to the cancellation, the brain behind the demonstration and an NDC Constituency Chairmanship aspirant, Shaddad Umar Jallo said after they have spent tens of millions of cedis on placards and other logistics, coupled with the assurance by police as of yesterday, he could not understand why the demonstration was called off.
He said until this morning, the police gave the green light for the demonstration to come on only to be called off at the last minute. He expressed his uttermost disappointment at the turn of events and noted that it was not good for the country's democracy.