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#FixTheCountry to embark on demonstration today

#Fixthecountry protesters at the Obra Spot in Accra

#Fixthecountry protesters at the Obra Spot in Accra | Photo: Philip Abutiate

The #FixTheCountry group is expected to hit the streets of Accra Friday (26 November) in a demonstration dubbed ‘Yentua Demo’ to register their dissatisfaction with the 2022 Budget.

The group had earlier asked Parliament to reject the 2022 Budget and Economic Policy of the Government presented by the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori Atta because they claim the budget is not people-centred.

The Accra Regional Police Command has stated its preparedness to provide security for the “FixTheCountry” demonstration scheduled for tomorrow.

A statement signed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Juliana Obeng, head of public affairs unit, Greater Accra Regional Police Command said taking into account the traffic situation, personnel from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) would ensure the free flow of traffic.

It said the Police were resolute to collaborate with the demonstrators towards a peaceful demonstration.
The statement, however, entreated organisers and demonstrators to observe all COVID-19 protocols and cooperate with the Police for a successful event.

It also implored support from members of the general public to ensure peace and security.
The protest by the Economic Fighters League, a pressure group, is to express their dissatisfaction with some policies in the 2022 budget.

The members of the league described these policies as “ridiculous.” In a statement announcing their intention, the group said, the 2022 budget smacked of “purposeful deceit” and “the absence of truth and genuine accountability.”

They are, therefore, imploring the 275 MPs to outrightly reject the 2022 Budget.

“The protest is to register our displeasure at the ridiculous proposals of the 2022 Budget and demand Parliament not to approve the Budget in its current form,” the statement said.

The demonstrators will assemble at Tema Station near the Hockey Pitch – through – Accra Technical University – towards – Trade Union Congress Traffic Light – through – Cedi House – through – National Theatre Traffic Light – to – AU Roundabout and finally end at the Parliament House.

The demonstration will end at Parliament House where a petition will be presented to the Speaker, Alban Bagbin.

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