For the second time, the minority caucus in Parliament has postponed its intended demonstration to occupy the Bank of Ghana’s premises and demand the resignation of the governor and his appointees.
The demonstration will now take place on October 3, 2023.
According to the minority, the Police’s failure to designate safe zones for the protest contributed to the decision to postpone it.
Speaking to the media, minority leader Cassiel Ato Forson stated that the picketing has been temporarily suspended. To protect the public
The Ghana Police Service had already rejected the minority’s revised protest routes, but the minority had earlier asserted that the demonstration would still take place on Tuesday, September 12.
The meeting between the Minority leadership and the police on Monday concluded without a resolution, and the MPs accused the police of planning a purposeful plot to thwart their upcoming demonstration calling for the ouster of the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) and his deputies.
After three hours of discussion, the Minority told reporters that the police had not marked out a safe route for their protest, leading them to decide to start the demonstration.
Mahama Ayariga, the member of parliament for Bawku Central, declared, “We’ve made it clear to them that the demonstration is tomorrow. We are informing them that we will end at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum after having decided on the routes. On that, we gave them our word, and we’ll keep it.
“So the demonstration moves from Obra Spot through Adabraka, Ridge Roundabout, and National Theatre before turning through the ministries when we reach the Atta Mills highway, turning right, passing the National Lotteries, and ending at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum,” he continued.
Even though the High Court has not yet heard the police’s request for an injunction prohibiting the protest, the Minority has decided to go forward with it.
On September 8, the police requested an injunction, claiming that the protest posed a security risk and would disturb the peace.
The minority MPs have opposed the application for an injunction, claiming that it aims to restrict their freedom of assembly and expression.
September 18 is the date set for the case to be heard.