The Ghana Police Service says it is anticipating a debriefing session with the organisers of the Occupy Jubilee House demonstration which ended on Saturday, September 23, 2023.
After hampering the protest, it is not known if the leadership of the Democracy Hub- organisers of the protest- will agree to the said debriefing.
The debriefing is aimed at “fostering a more fruitful engagement in the future”, according to the police.
“As the demonstration has come to an end, we look forward to meeting with the organizers for a debriefing session with them with the aim of fostering a more fruitful engagement in the future.”
This was contained in a press statement released by the police on Sunday after the three-day demonstration came to an end.
The police also expressed gratitude to the members of the public for their understanding and apologized to same for the inconveniences that accompanied the protest.
“Following the end of the three-day demonstration by the above-mentioned group, the Police would like to express gratitude to members of the public, especially those in Accra, for their support and understanding while we worked within our mandate to maintain law and order during the demonstration.
“The Police would also like to apologize to members of the public who were inconvenienced in one way or the other, especially those who were caught up in the vehicular holdups during the demonstration.”
It further reiterated that “the Service is not against any person or group of persons who may want to demonstrate.”
The three-day protest began on Thursday, September 21- intentionally set to coincide with the birthday of Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah. The first day was however marred by arrests by the police as they described the protest as an “unlawful assembly and violation of the Public Order Act”.
The second and third days were hampered by personnel of the Ghana Police Service as protesters remained at the 37 Military Hospital. The police mounted barricades to prevent protesters from making their way up to the Jubilee House where they intend to picket until Saturday, September 23, 2023.
The group protested against the economic mismanagement by the incumbent government; Corruption; Ineffective healthcare system; human rights abuse under the current government; and Abuse of power and authority.