Ghanaians have taken to the streets outside Jubilee House, the presidential palace, in a peaceful demonstration taggged#OccupyJulorbiHouse calling for action to address the country’s deepening economic crisis. Led by a group known as the Democracy Hub, the three-day protest which started on September 21st 2023, aims to draw attention to the soaring cost of living and alleged government mismanagement of the economy. Inflation has reached alarming levels, hovering around 40%, intensifying tensions within Ghana.
Under the banner of the hashtag #OccupyJulorbiHouse, protesters have voiced a range of concerns, including perceived abuses of power, flawed legal processes, inadequate healthcare, economic mismanagement, an anti-LGBTQ bill, and a multitude of human rights violations allegedly committed under the current administration. Through online platforms and social media, activists are amplifying their discontent and rallying public support.
However, as the protest enters its second day, the situation has taken a troubling turn. Reports have emerged of security forces employing excessive force to suppress the demonstrations, resulting in the arrest of numerous protesters and journalists. Distressed by these developments, victims and their families have turned to social media, issuing pleas for assistance and calling for wider public solidarity.
This wave of protests in Ghana reflects a broader trend observed across several African countries. Earlier this year, Kenyans took to the streets to protest tax hikes, economic pressures, and the high cost of living. In 2020, Nigerian youth mobilized in mass protests against police brutality. Similar demonstrations occurred in Senegal following the arrest of an opposition figure. Youth movements across Africa are increasingly united in demanding improved governance and are determined to sustain their democratic activism for change.
As the #OccupyJulorbiHouse protest continues to unfold, its organizers are appealing to the public to join their cause and contribute to the ongoing push for a more just and equitable society in Ghana.