Leaders of pressure group Arise Ghana say they are “unfazed” and “unshakable” by attempts the Akufo-Addo-led government to use the Dampare-led Ghana Police Service to put them in bad light.
This comes after the police – within the context of last Tuesday’s violent demonstration by Arise Ghana – announced an intention to educate the public on social events.
“The decision by the Ghana Police Service to premise this intended public education, on our recent demonstration is disingenuous and a deliberate attempt to smear the image of Arise Ghana,” the group said in a statement signed by leading member Rex Omar.
“For the records, Arise Ghana as a law-abiding pressure group strictly adhered to all the relevant provisions of the Public Order Act in the organization of our historic two-day demonstration held on 28th and 29th June 2022.”
It insisted that the violence – at the Obra Spot – was rather instigated by the police.
“We maintain that the sad and barbaric events of Tuesday 28th June 2022 were instigated by the Ghana Police Service after failed attempts to scuttle and stop the ‘Krom Aye Shi’ Demonstration.
“Neither the demonstrators nor the leadership of Arise Ghana are culpable of any breach of the Public Order Act.”
For the leaders, they will continue to “fearlessly and relentlessly” champion the interest of Ghanaians.
“We are appalled by persistent threats of the Ghana Police Service to arrest the leaders of Arise Ghana when it is the Dampare-led Ghana Police Service that should face the law for abandoning their professional ethics in favor of their masked paymasters.
“It is obvious that this current uninspiring and disappointing Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government would stop at nothing to try to use the Ghana Police Service in any way possible to court public disaffection for Arise Ghana.
“But we remain unfazed and unshakable in our resolve to fearlessly and relentlessly champion the interest of the
Ghanaian people through advocacy and constant nationalistic manifestations.”