ACCRA, GHANA - NOVEMBER 05: Ghanaians march during the ‘Ku Me Preko’ demonstration on November 5, 2022, in Accra, Ghana. People took to the streets of Ghana's capital to protest against the soaring cost of living, aggravated since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Ernest Ankomah/Getty Images)

What you should know about the #OccupyJulorbiHouse protests in Ghana & How you can help

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.

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.

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.

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