Don’t use lawlessness to address perceived lawlessness

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The National Peace Council (NPC) has advised the #OccupyJulorbiHouse protesters against using lawlessness to address perceived lawlessness.

Executive Secretary of the National Peace Council, George Amoh in an interview with Citi News on Friday admonished the protesters to exercise restraint and not take the laws into their hands.

Mr Amoh mentioned that the #OccupyJulorbiHouse protesters, who have been demonstrating against the government’s economic policies since Thursday, September 21, comply with the orders of the Police to ensure the peace of the country is maintained.

He added that even though the protesters have a right to protest, they must do so in a peaceful and orderly manner.

“My advice is that they cannot use lawlessness to address perceived lawlessness, so if you have not been permitted by the same arrangement that gave you the right, you would have to exercise restraint. So if there is an injunction, or your plan to go on demonstration has been curtailed by the same institution then just don’t do it because if you do it then you are also being unlawful.

“If you don’t do it tomorrow, there will be another time, so let us all respect the law for the sake of our democracy. If we allow small issues to divide us then we are opening up for insurgents who are lurking around,” Mr Amoh said.

The #OccupyJulorbiHouse protests began on September 21, 2023, when a group of protesters gathered at the 37 bus terminal in Accra to march to the Jubilee House, the seat of the Ghanaian government.

The police dispersed the protesters and arrested 49 of them. They were later released after negotiations with the Police by their lawyers.

The protesters have vowed to continue their protests until the government addresses their grievances.

Ghana is currently facing a number of challenges, including economic hardship, rising inflation, and a high cost of living.

Organisers of the #OccupyJulorbiHouse protest say their protests are a sign of the growing dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of these challenges.

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