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Article: Theophilus Berchie On #Fixthecountry

It is with great disdain as I sit and watch our democracy deteriorate; one that was built on the fundamentals of upholding accountability and ultimately ensuring the protection of the good people of this nation.

Living conditions have generally become worse for Ghanaians, gross amounts of complaints regarding insecurity, students in KNUST are being denied access to write their mid sem exams for not paying fees, and the governments sit by idle as all these injustices plague the nation.

A few months ago, a movement known as #Fixthecountry was started on social media where fed up Ghanaians took to social media to express their frustrations, which law enforcement met violently and was eventually brushed under the carpet.

Earlier today, the youth of Ejura equally fed up with the standards of living took to the streets to express their frustration in a peaceful manner only to be met by armed military men who begun to fire shots into the crowd.

Security men and law enforcement bound by statehood to protect lives at all costs threw that obligation aside when they showed the utmost disregard for civil liberties when they took the lives of 5 good men when all they wanted was better living conditions for themselves and their families.

Is it now a crime to demand better for the same government you voted into office? Is it now a crime to demand accountability from the government you willingly gave power to? We cannot sit by as law enforcement agencies conive with government to gag citizens for demanding for better living conditions and in a country that is rightfully theirs.

Injustice is injustice and should not be tolerated regardless of the perpetrator, whether law enforcement or ordinary citizen. The 5 men that were killed had families and people who loved them. Justice must be served, the armed men must be brought to book. We can’t sit by as the government trumps on our civil liberties. The death of one of us affects all of us.

It is my hope that government will do the needful and ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.

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