Police oppose  dumsor vigil near Jubilee House

Story: News Desk 

The  Accra Regional Police Command has urged the organisers of the #DumsorMustStop protest to consider relocating the protest venue.

The organisers were also told to adjust the timing for the upcoming demonstration scheduled for Saturday, May 25, 2024.

In a meeting held at the Regional Police Headquarters on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, discussions revolved around the notification of the public protest and its potential impact on public order and safety.

The Police Command expressed concerns regarding the initially proposed venue, the Revolution Square, citing its proximity to the Jubilee House, the seat of government, which is designated as a security zone.

Recognising potential risks to public defence, order, and safety, the Command recommended relocating the protest to Independence Square.

Additionally, the Command highlighted apprehensions regarding the proposed timing of midnight for the conclusion of the protest.

They cautioned that such timing could compromise security measures and escalate tensions, potentially leading to violence. Therefore, they advised the protest organizers to adjust the timing accordingly.

This comes after Yvonne Nelson informed the Ghana Police Service of her intention to protest against the government following erratic power supply in recent months.

In a statement shared on May 9, she indicated the intention to hold the vigil on May 25, starting at 8:30 am and concluding at 12 midnight at the Revolution Square.

Yvonne Nelson is seeking the support of the general public for the imminent protest against ‘dumsor’ and hopes for a similar turnout as the 2015 dumsor protest she organised along with other celebrities.

Meanwhile, the  Accra Regional Police Command at the meeting reiterated its commitment to maintaining law and order while facilitating peaceful protests within the framework of the Ghana Police Service’s mandate.

The protest organizers are yet to respond to the Police Command’s request for the change in venue and timing.

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