#OccupyJulorBiHouse: Celebrities condemn the police for arresting protesters
Following the arrest of protestors of who want to be allowed to picket at the Jubilee House on Thursday, a number of celebrities have joined the call for their release.
They took to their social media handles to express their displeasure about the act of security officers who are tempering with the country’s democracy.
Among these celebrities are John Dumelo, Kwesi Arthur, Sarkodie, KiDi, Medikal, D Black, Lydia Forson, M.anifest and Black Sherif,
KiDi in his post called on the police to remember that they were all Ghanaians and their safety should be paramount to them.
“We are Ghanaian before anything else. My topmost concern is the safety of our people. we should be able to freely exercise our right to protest. We are making efforts to help the protesters who have been detained but we’re facing some challenges on the ground. If there are any.”
On the other hand, Kwesi Arthur supported the fight of the protestors for the government to roll out better economic policies which would increase growth and development.
“Frustrated by what dey happen in Accra today. Besides the fact say we dey taya now more than ever in a country with so much resources, democracy is clearly out the window too. Proud my people are taking steps to make a change and I support the fight 💯. We are stronger together,” he said.
On his part, Sarkodie posted that: “You can only be scared of a peaceful protest when you know you deserve otherwise…”
While Lydia Forson added that: “I’ve been thinking a lot about how we engage on trending issues; especially in regards to those that go against what we believe is the norm.
And I’ve come to a realization that the average Ghanaian knows very little beyond what he/she has been told, taught or raised on.”
Earlier yesterday, 49 Democracy Hub demonstrators were arrested in Accra by the police for “unlawful assembly and violation of the Public Order Act.”
They were arrested around the precincts of the Jubilee House, the seat of government, where they intended to picket for three-days, and the 37 Military Hospital.
According to the police statement, the arrest was a result of the flagrant disregard of the court process served on the organisers of the Democracy Hub group, which seeks to prohibit them from embarking on a planned demonstration within the vicinity of the Jubilee House.