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  • Updated: September 21, 2023

Ghana: Protesters Arrested For Defying Police Ban

Ghana: Protesters Arrested For Defying Police Ban

For disobeying a police order not to protest in the nation's capital, Accra, more than 50 demonstrators have been detained in Ghana.

A group calling itself the Democracy Hub started a three-day demonstration about financial difficulties and claimed government economic mismanagement.

The hashtag #OccupyJubileeHouse, which alludes to the White House, was adopted by the organisers on social media.

The demonstrators, who had gathered at a bus terminal about a mile from the presidency and were wearing red and black T-shirts with the Ghanaian flag draped on some of them, were apprehended by police.

A few media professionals were also detained but were eventually freed at the main police station.

There have been reports that some of the station's captives were treated harshly by the police. A female journalist informed the BBC that police took off her entire clothing.

Although Democracy Hub organisers claimed they had not received a court-issued injunction, police claim they issued warnings to people not to take part because they had petitioned the court to put an end to the protest.

What charges those in custody will face are not yet known.

Ghana has seen a lot of tension due to the high cost of living, with an inflation rate of over 40%. 

The nation borrowed $3 billion (£2.4 billion) from the IMF earlier this year to aid with the situation.

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