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9/23/2011

Ghana: US/NATO Hands Off Libya, Hands Off Africa Members Arrested



Πηγή: World Future Online
Sep. 22 2011


The number of police officers they brought to effect the arrest, the water cannons, the armour tanks and those things that they brought, show you that the excuse they gave that because they are stretched in terms of manpower was not true....US/NATO bombardment of Libya is a bombardment of Ghana.” Members of the US/NATO Hands off Libya, Hands off Africa Coalition whose procession was quelled by the police have denied reports that 24 of their members arrested on Wednesday have been released.

The coalition comprising some CPP youth, members of the Socialist Forum and the All African Revolutionary Party chose Dr Kwame Nkumah’s birthday which fell on Wednesday to protest the US/NATO bombardment of Libya.

Midway through their demonstration, the group clashed with the police who said the group had defied a court order against the demonstration, which led to the arrest of the 24.

Although earlier reports suggested that they have been released, a member of the coalition, Grandfather Ayitomeka, confirmed to Joy FM that the people were still being kept under detention at the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).

“I am in the company of lawyers, we are heading to the BNI headquarters as we speak now, so what the police said [that the people have been released] was not true,” he told sit-in host of Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Bernard Saibu on Thursday morning.

The police, who claimed they would be overstretched on the planned date, secured a prohibition order from court to stop the demonstration.

But Grandfather suspected foul play on the part of the Accra regional police command, saying their claim should be taken with a pinch of salt.

“The prohibition notice was served when they went to arrest the people...they got this prohibition order on the 16th of this very month. Five clear days, they kept it under locked and keyed, they have never served the group, never...they should prove to us [if they served us the notice].”

He said that as law-abiding people they would not have embarked on the demonstration if the police had served them with the notice.

“This is why we are suspicious of certain underhand motives; we are highly suspicious.”

He further noted: “The number of police officers they brought to effect the arrest, the water cannons, the armour tanks and those things that they brought, show you that the excuse they gave that because they are stretched in terms of manpower was not true.”

Grandfather further alleged that the action by the police “smacks of some ill motives on the part of the regional police commander”.

He explained that the demonstrators had a genuine cause for taking to the streets.

“US/NATO bombardment of Libya is a bombardment of Ghana,” Grandfather maintained, and enumerated the huge amount Ghana had spent to evacuate its nationals from Libya and other effects on the nation, adding “the war in Libya directly impact on the Ghanaians”.

Source:

http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201109/73356.php


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