The third and final day of the #OccupyJulorbiHouse protest entered into the night as demonstrators were seen on the 37 military streets in Accra.
The protesters blocked roads around the stretch and mounted their stands in readiness to march towards the Jubilee House.
The protesters hit the streets in the early hours of Saturday, September 23 to vent their frustrations to the government, demanding an improvement in the cost of living, an end to corruption and an improved economy among others.
Clad in black with red stripes adorning their heads, the protesters chanted patriotic songs and held placards with inscriptions such as ‘Our Leaders Aren’t Patriotic’, ‘No More Suffering’, and ‘Thieves in Suite’ among others to voice their frustrations and demands.
However, the Ghana Police Service mounted their barricades across the road leading to the Jubilee House to prevent the protesters from advancing to press home their demands.
Despite the police presence, the protesters refused to disperse as they waited and sat on the streets – planning to find an alternative route.
This resulted in heavy traffic on the road. In an unexpected turn of events, a police officer, noticing the traffic jam caused by the protest, sat down in the middle of the road, pleading with the demonstrators to clear a path for traffic to flow.
But the protesters remained resolute and refused to yield. Their response was clear, “It won’t be possible.”
As it stands now, the situation has escalated as the protesters are pushing towards the police barricades, determined to reach their final destination and press home their demands.
They say until they are given the opportunity, they are not leaving the streets.
Leaders of the protests urged restraint and cautioned against any violent actions, particularly throwing objects at the police, emphasising their commitment to a peaceful demonstration.
The police, on the other hand, have maintained a defensive stance, attempting to prevent the protesters from reaching their intended destination.
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