#OccupyJulorbiHouseDemo: Sarkodie, Black Sherif, Wendy Shay, And Other Top Celebrities Speak Against Police Arrest And Brut@lity

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In a powerful display of unity and solidarity, some of Ghana’s top celebrities have taken to their Twitter pages to speak out against recent police arrests and reports of brutality on protestors at the #OccupyJulorbiHouse demonstration, which took place today, September 21, 2023.

Among these vocal celebrities are Sarkodie, Wendy Shay, Black Sherif, and a few others who are using their influence to shed light on the situation and call for justice.

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Earlier this week, the Ghanaian Police arrested a total of 49 suspects in connection with an unlawful assembly and a violation of the Public Order Act.

The arrests took place in the vicinity of the Jubilee House and the 37 Military Hospital area.

According to a statement issued by the Police Service in Accra, these arrests came as a result of the organizers of the Democracy Hub group disregarding a court order that sought to prohibit them from embarking on a planned demonstration near the Jubilee House from September 21st to September 23rd, 2023.

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The police clarified that their disagreement with the organizers was primarily related to the chosen venue, as the Jubilee House is considered a security zone.

They reiterated their commitment to providing security for demonstrations but urged the general public to disregard any invitation to participate in unlawful demonstrations until the court’s determination of the matter on September 26, 2023.

The arrests and reports of brutality by protestors have sparked outrage on social media, with many Ghanaians expressing their concern over the handling of the situation by the authorities.

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Notably, Ghanaian celebrities have joined the conversation, using their influential platforms to amplify the voices of those seeking justice.

Sarkodie, one of Ghana’s most prominent musicians, tweeted, “You can only be scared of a peaceful protest when you know you deserve otherwise…” His statement underscores the importance of the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.

Black Sherif also tweeted, “So if they carry all this money give dem, where them dey take a pass? Hand on my heart I dey tell you there’s no evidence for all the moneys these people dey borrow in our name. And if the people, whose struggles you document to go ask for money, want accountability, you send Koti make they dey beat them? Lord knows this battle is ours. Wonna go hear am.”

Wendy Shay, who is also a popular Ghanaian singer, expressed her sadness over the situation, saying, “Oh so this is what is happening? I have been preaching a wake-up call since I came back to Ghana. It is sad to see this happen especially on a day like this. I am a victim to bad roads and had it not been God the story would have been different. LET THE PEOPLE GO #Ghanawakeup #LetthepeopleGo #OccupyJulorbiHouse.”

These tweets from Ghana’s beloved celebrities reflect the growing concern for justice, accountability, and the protection of the right to peaceful protest in the country. Their voices resonate with many Ghanaians who are calling for a fair resolution to the current situation and a commitment to upholding democratic values and human rights in the nation.

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