#Occupyjulorbihouse Meaning: There is an ongoing demonstration and protest among Ghanaians using the hashtag #Occupyjulorbihouse. In this article, we will take a look at the rationale behind this demonstration.
What Is #Occupyjulorbihouse Demo?
#Occupyjulorbihouse is a planned demonstration and protest organised by the Accra-based civil society group “Democracy Hub.” They plan to picket the Jubilee House, the seat of government, from Thursday, September 21st to Saturday, September 23rd, 2023.
The protest was held on Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day to urge the President and the Economic Management Team to take measures to address economic mismanagement and corruption inside the government.
Why Are They Protesting?
The group’s objective is to utilise picketing to allow citizens to express their worries about the country’s economic woes and to pressure the government to implement long-term solutions to these problems.
They emphasize the importance of conducting the #Occupyjulorbihouse protest on Nkrumah Memorial Day because it honours “the spirit of resilience and resistance that led the struggle against oppression and dispossession.”
They claim to have joined the demonstration because they feel government policies have forced many trained health professionals out of the country, increasing the citizen-to-health worker ratio.
The Meaning of ‘Julor Bi’
The phrase “Julor Bi” translates to “thief’s child” in Ga. Ga is the dominant ethnic group language in the Greater Accra Region.
This phrase appears to be a subtle jab of the current government led by Nana Add Dankwa Akufo-Addo, which has been accused of corruption by both insiders and opponents.
This wording appeared to irritate some people, notably those in government, with the New Patriotic Party’s communications leader, Eric Ahiagbah, expressing his displeasure with what he saw as an insult to the presidency.
What Happened At The #Occupyjulorbihouse Demo?
Day 1: On the first day of the protest, led by a group of young activists, Ghana police detained 49 protestors demanding action on the ongoing economic crisis and corruption.
The illegal arrests of these young protesters garnered widespread condemnation for violating their constitutional right to protest and for the use of excessive force by police.
Other protestors and journalists who gathered, particularly near the Accra Regional Commander’s residence, were subjected to police aggression, including shoving, unlawful detentions, phone confiscation, and, in some cases, physical assault.
What Happened To The Protesters After They Were Arrested?
Due to the illegal nature of their detention, the protestors who were illegally arrested were freed on bail by the end of the day. By properly notifying the Police of their protest, the organisation had followed proper norms and legal procedures.
Day 2: On the second day, September 21st, police released a statement inviting the leaders of the demonstration hub group to meet with them.
According to the police, there was no evidence or documented incidence of assault against the demonstrators, according to their records. They invited anyone with contradictory evidence to provide it for investigation.
The police closed by emphasising their commitment to establishing a democratic atmosphere in which citizens’ rights are respected while national security and stability are maintained.
Day 3: On the third and last day of the protest, on Saturday, September 23rd, protestors dressed in black targeted the seat of government, Jubilee House.
Protesters were joined by Gh celebrities with the likes of Efia Odo, Pappy Kojo, M.anifest, Kwawkese, DBlack marched towards Jubilee House to highlight their demands for lower living costs, an end to corruption, and better government, among other things.
They carried placards with inscriptions such as ‘Our Leaders Aren’t Patriotic,’ ‘No More Suffering,’ and ‘Thieves in Suits,’ and used chants and nonviolent rallies to express their frustrations and demand to the government.
Meanwhile, barricades were erected along the route leading to Jubilee House by the Ghana Police Service.
CONCLUSION: Since their massive three-day protest across Accra, the civil society group “Democracy Hub” has yet to announce their significant move of taking over the government’s seat at Jubilee House.