#FixTheCountry campaigners ‘protest’ outside the courtroom

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The #FixTheCountry campaigners have taken to the streets in Accra, protesting in front of the Law Court Complex as the High Court considers whether or not to allow them to hold a demonstration. 

Some of them were carrying signs that read, "Fix the Country."

An Accra High Court ruled on Friday morning that the Attorney General's office can defend the Ghana Police Service in a case to stop a public protest. 

The protesters had asked the court to dismiss a complaint that sought to prevent them from taking part in a street protest. 

They contend that only a police officer can make a public order request to keep protestors off the streets.

They have been demanding better living conditions through social media for the past few weeks, but the decision to take it to the streets has enraged the authorities, who are concerned about public health. 

Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame appeared in court to oppose the street demonstration, but protesters claim this is illegal. 

Julius Assinyo, a member of the campaigners' legal team, urged the court to dismiss the complaint. He told the court that a case involving a public order filed in the name of the Republic rather than a police officer could not be heard. 

“The applicant is unable to bring this application under section 1 subsection 6 of the Public Order Act.

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