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Massive Demonstration in Tamale

2008-01-14 23:19:04
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Tamale Central
The Committee for Joint Action (CJA) on Saturday defied a Tamale Circuit Court injunction restraining it from embarking on its planned demonstration by holding a massive successful march in the Metropolis.

The demonstration, dubbed "Birkuti" in Dagbani, meaning they are killing us, started as early as 0830 hours, which saw pockets of demonstrators coming out of different places and converging at starting point. The large number of demonstrators marched for over two hours through the principal streets of the Metropolis clad in red "T" shirts and carrying placards some of which read: "The wahala is too much", "Ghana at 50, Tamale at Zero", "NPP utility bills are killing us" and "Kufuor where are you sending Ghana".

Messer's Kwesi Pratt, Bernard Mornah and Omane Boamah were some of the leaders of the CJA who came from Accra to lead the demonstration. While majority of the demonstrators including women and people with disabilities walked, others rode on motorcycles and horses amidst the hooting of horns, beating of drums and singing war songs. A large crowd also stood by and cheered them up.

Some few police personnel could be seen in position at the Banks and other security checkpoints to ensure that nothing bizarre happened. The demonstrators later converged at the Tamale Jubilee Park, but could not gain entry because the place had been locked, while an helicopter was also flying overhead.

On the whole the demonstration went on peacefully.

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