OccupyGhana is asking the Inspector General of Police, James Oppong-Boanuh, to apologise in order to law students who were brutalised on Monday for demonstrating to be able to push with regard to reforms in the country’s legal education.
Police personnel detailed to provide security regarding the protest used used brute force to prevent the law college students from presenting a petition summing up their grievances to President Nana Akufo-Addo at the particular Jubilee House, claiming typically the students did not have permission though contrary evidence was provided.
Rubber bullets had been fired and water sprayed on this protesters just few metres to the Jubilee House leading to injury of some of the students. About 13 of the students have been arrested intended for allegedly insisting on their rights, but they were being later released after being cautioned.
Critics have condemned the police high-handedness in the matter.
OccupyGhana in a statement Wednesday said the police had no justification whatsoever in exerting such brute force on the students who were only exercising their constitutional rights, noting the action by often the police has been against rule of legislation.
“This Police high-handedness plus brutality against students working out nothing more than their own constitutional right to demonstrate and air out their particular grievances makes a mockery from the democracy we claim for you to respect, in addition to we wish to unequivocally announce our disgust with that turn of events and to condemn same within no uncertain terms. ”
The civil society group accordingly wants the newly confirmed IGP to apologise for the conduct of his personnel and even also ensure those involved are brought to book.
“We demand, at the very least an apology from your recently-confirmed Inspector General associated with Police who bears ultimate responsibility to get this egregious display regarding brutishness.
“We also demand that all Commanding Officers who directly supervised, sanctioned and called for these barbaric attacks on innocent protestors be punished in accordance with the law.
According to help OccupyGhana, the exact police had no right to stop the very protesters since they did not require any permission from the law enforcement before demonstrating, contrary towards what the authorities sought that will suggest inside its press statement hours after a incident.
“We have closely studied the main Police Statement on finally, the matter which, to all intents and purposes, is a poor attempt to throw dust throughout the faces of Ghanaians concerning a true and accurate account of the day. ”
“We repeat together with remind the Police that that directly to show is an inalienable right that will requires absolutely no police approval or censure beyond notification.
“And simply no edifice, building or “zone” should exist which, having the benefit involving public access roads, public traffic and additionally public thoroughfare in whole or in part, cannot accept one of the presentation connected with petitions by unarmed not to mention inoffensive demonstrators.
“No ground in this country is so sacred that it are not able to tolerate any lawful exercise of unarmed students’ rights to demonstrate, ” the Group explained.
OccupyGhana underscored the need for the actual police so that you can desist from the abuse with power against the citizenry that act within their rights.
The group also chastised government for being mute over the fact of which the protesting students who else were becoming pelted with rubber bullets had to help you seek refuge from a foreign consulate around their own country.
By Irene Amesimeku|3news. com|Ghana