gadhafi2The Hands off Libya, Hands off Africa coalition had a rude awakening on Wednesday, the 21st of September 2011 when the peaceful demonstration being em-backed upon to solidarize with the Libyan people as well as protest NATO’s and America’s continuous meddling in African states was disrupted by a team of visibly angry policemen.

The march which begun about 10:30am from the freedom and justice park aka obra spot at Circle had a blend of youth and the elderly as well as women numbering about hundred hitting the road amid chants and jama.

The group made up of the pan-african improvement organisation, the cpp, the Ghana muslim association, the all african people’s revolutionary party, the pan african youth movement organisation as well as other progressive forces were moving steadily towards the Danquah circle en-route to the American embassy but upon reaching Kanda near Ghana Broadcasting Corporation {GBC} a police van appeared with a supposed court injunction dated september 16th barring the group from proceeding with the march.

But the leader of the group Sekou Mwanza Nkrumah of {PANIO} stressed that “when the group presented their proposal on the 10th of September 2011, the police replied on 12th September stating that they couldn’t escort the demonstrators because of logistical constraints as well as the Americans not wanting the coalition anywhere near their base”.

But the group according to Sekou finding the excuse palpable and drawing it’s strength from the Public Order Act 1994 { Act 491} went on the march since a court injunction was not served which would have made the march an illegality.

In all 24 people were arrested from a possible 100 people for disturbing public peace by a team of about 100 police men with about 10 riot control vans appearing on the scene. With the police appearance, a visibly angry commander ordered “arrest them all” whereupon poor souls had to run helter-skelter for dear life amid chaos and fear.

The arrested were taken to the regional police station where they were detained awaiting processing for court, but with live updates from the media on the plight of innocent people fighting for their fellow Africans and the police realizing the backlash, some reports filtering in today suggest that all 24 persons arrested have been released with a caution statement whiles other sources report that the 24 persons have been transferred to the Bureau of National Investigations {BNI} for further interrogation.

It will be recalled that in February British, Lebanon and France mooted for a UN resolution 1973 to as it were intervene in Libya on humanitarian grounds but a month into the operation NATO, the armed wing of European states with tacit involvement of America conducted raids and bombardment on Libya’s leader Muamar Gaddhafi’s strong holds with the aim of forming a new government and possibly to kill him.

In a move which smacks of the re-colonization of Africa, progressive forces have to make their voices heard and galvanise the masses for action according to Akili Secka, coordinator of {PANIO}. For as the nation’s founder and pan africanist par excellence Kwame Nkrumah said many years ago “neo- colonialism is the last stage of imperialism, and unless we take over our economic independence ,the political independence won will certainly be meaningless”.

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Michael Eli Dokosi is a journalist and a formidable writer with a decade's experience. He is a blogger as well who currently owns and manages the news portal www.blakkpepper.com. The site is a wholesome news platform with entertainment, political, general, sports, negroid and foreign news offerings with the tagline 'More than Straight News' because of its alternate take on issues. The blakkpepper name emerged because the site is Afrocentric and hot. The Managing Editor can be reached via cell line (+233) 0249907425 & (+233) 0262907425 and via email blakkpeppergh@gmail.com for adverts, enquiries and news coverage invites.

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