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Northern Youth Set to Hit the Streets

2006-12-04 21:37:45
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THE SKY is now clear for the leaders and members of the infant but inexorable group, the Concerned Youth Association of Upper Regions (CYAUR), the organizers of the intended demonstration against marginalization of the three Northern Regions to embark on the demonstration after a legal battle between them and the Police.

The Association’s fate was decided after the Bolgatanga High Court presided over by Justice K.B. Anin on November 30,2006, dismissed the application filed by the Upper East Regional Police Commander, ACP Ofosu-Mensah Gyeabour on behalf of Inspector General of Police (IGP)(Plaintiff/Applicant) seeking an injunction on the intended demonstration.

The court dismissed the application due to lack of substantiated evidence to prove the plaintiff or applicant’s claim of imminent violence that could threaten security as contained in the application. The court did not also believe that the Police lacked logistics to contain the situation should the unexpected happen as stated in the affividavit in support of the application, since no major event took place in the Region that required the full services of the Police on that Monday November 13, 2006 that was slated for the demonstration.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Anin said the court could not restrain the respondents from exercising their rights guaranteed by law, reiterating that under a democratic dispensation people must be empowered and encouraged to know and exercise their rights. He, however, advised that in situations like that the people concerned must cooperate within the law to avert any unpleasant circumstances during such events.

It would be recalled that the intended demonstration by the youth of the three Northern Regions on Monday November 13, 2006 hit the rocks at Bolgatanga when the Police halted the actions of the demonstrators and dragged the leaders to court seeking an injunction against the holding of the demonstration.

The Police argued that they lacked the logistics to contain the situation should the anticipated violence occurred, hence the need for the court to order the respondents to relocate the venue of the demonstration outside Upper East Region but the court had dismissed the application. Meanwhile, the association has fixed December 14, 2006 as the date for the intended demonstration against marginalization of the North.

source: Chronicle

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