The Greater Accra Regional Police Command on Friday, June 4 prevented the conveners of the #FixTheCountry movement from entering the premises of the High Court complex.
The conveners were in the court to respond to the case brought against them by the Ghana Police, seeking an injunction from the court to stop the organizers of the #FixTheCountry demonstration from any public gathering. This comes after an earlier injunction the police secured from the High Court against the conveners from protesting until after 10 days.
But when the conveners presented themselves to the High Court premises as respondents in the case, they were stopped by the police command cordoned at the court.
Assistant Commissioner of Police(ACP) Kwesi Ofori explained by saying “people should not come en masse but individually they can come to the court. Looking at the premises, the police are here to provide adequate security for the court building and all the other courts. So coming en masse with placards, flags and other paraphernalia, among other things, may mar the duty and ethics of the court.
“In view of this, my men on the ground decided, among other things, that they could leave those placards, they could leave the flags and then also limit that militancy and go to the court as individuals. And so that was the position of the police but that was misconstrued but at the end of the day the police balanced issues and they were in”.
On her part, Felicity Nelson, a convener of the group stated that “as soon as we got to the gate, of course because of our ‘T’ shirts they knew who we were, they said ‘oh #FixTheCountry, stand back’, so we said okay, we thought they just wanted to engage and they said ‘you can’t come in’ and we said why can’t we come in? They said you are not allowed in, then we said, but we have been asked to come to court so how can you tell us not to come in?
“So then I said okay I’m taking my phone out, I’m going to do a video, I want you to repeat what you just said on video so I decided to do Facebook Live. While doing that video then he tried to drag me to take the phone out of my hand and we told him as we can’t come in, we need to get our lawyers so that’s basically what happened”.
She further stated that they planned to meet at TUC in the morning but when they got there they realized that the police had been there waiting for them since 4:00am.
“First of all, in the morning we were supposed to meet at the TUC, the police gathered there in their numbers just to wait for us. I don’t know what thought was going to happen but at 4:00 am they were waiting at TUC, to do what? Why do you need that level of aggression when we have been asked to come to court” she quizzed.
By Barima Kwabena Yeboah|3news.com|Ghana