The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is certain that Ghana’s democracy is suffering from a setback following the manhandling by personnel of the Ghana Police Service during the first day of the Occupy Jubilee House protest on Thursday, September 21, 2023.
In a statement, the General Secretary of the NDC, Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, condemned the action of the police as “shameful”.
“The NDC is saddened by such crude tactics being deployed by the Police at a time when the IGP is being applauded for making efforts toward transforming the Ghana Police Service into the best institution in the country.
“This shameful show of brute force runs counter to that. It’s regrettable the police would think that violence and suppression of human rights is the best way to address issues. After 31 years of our democratic journey, it is a crying shame that we cannot find more peaceful ways to address these issues. This is a massive step backward for our democracy.”
He urged the police to employ professional means in handling issues such as these and further called for the release of the arrested protesters.
The condemnation by the NDC adds up to several from a section of the public over the manner in which the police manhandled protesters during the first day of the three-day protest.
Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie has joined the condemnation subtly jabbing the government whom he once threw his weight behind.
“You only be scared of a peaceful protest when you know you deserve otherwise,” he said on X formerly Twitter.
The group of demonstrators calling itself Democracy Hub are protesting against the government for mismanaging the economy.