Peaceful protesters in Accra, Ghana convened in the early hours of Thursday September 21, for the #OccupyJulorbiHouse protests outside a state house to express grievances regarding President Nana Akufo-Addo’s handling of long-lasting economical challenges.
🚨ICYMI🇬🇭✊🏾: Protestors of the ongoing #OccupyJulorbiHouse have been arrested and put in the bus this morning at the 37 Trotro station where they had covened to march towards the Jubilee House.— Ölele | Deep Throat Sauce👨🏾🍳🇬🇭 (@OleleSalvador) September 21, 2023
The demonstration coincides with Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day, a nationally observed event. Organizers chose this date because they believe it symbolizes the resilience and resistance seen during the struggle against oppression and dispossession.
Not very long into the protests, Ghanaian police unlawfully detained protesters and some bystanders, as well as used excessive force in an attempt to quell the protests. Ghanaian citizens continue to make their voices heard, and mobilize lawyers to assist detained protesters.
👨🏾🍳🇬🇭✊🏾: One of my colleague journalists who was a victim of the ‘Rambo’ style apprehension and manhandling action by the @GhPoliceService narrates her harrowing experience.— Ölele | Deep Throat Sauce👨🏾🍳🇬🇭 (@OleleSalvador) September 21, 2023
Her crime? Recording the mini-chaos between the police and some protestors in the yard, even as a… https://t.co/BNd7yX6BSh pic.twitter.com/sEd2duhB2x
“We have been arrested, this is not the democracy” – Osagyefo Oliver Barker-Vormawor #OccupyJulorbiHouse #TV3GH #3NewsGH— #TV3GH (@tv3_ghana) September 21, 2023
Video Credit🎥 : Osagyefo Oliver Barker-Vormawor / Facebook pic.twitter.com/Hmgr7uGhqi
There has been a notable increase in public dissatisfaction with the rising cost of living and the perception that the government has not effectively addressed people’s concerns. The Occupy Jubilee House protest is the latest in a series of recent demonstrations against the government.
Some participants have expressed their grievances about the economy and the hardships faced by citizens. They argue that government policies have pushed skilled healthcare professionals to leave the country, worsening the shortage of healthcare personnel. As the situation develops, we’ll continue to share updates.