Journalists' Against LGBTQ+Ghana anti-gay demo suspended

LGBT  FLAG 8 LGBT+ Rights Ghana held a fundraiser for a new community space in Accra on 31 January 2021

Tue, 23 Feb 2021 Source: classfmonline.com

Journalists' Against LGBTQ+ Ghana has suspended its demonstration against the opening of the community space by the Lesbians, Gays, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) group which was slated for Wednesday, 24th February 2021 at the Circle Obra Spot (Kwame Nkrumah Interchange).

The suspension follows a letter signed by the Deputy Regional Commander, DCOP E.A Sakyi from the Regional Headquarters of the Ghana Police Service indicating that Executive Instrument (E.I.) 395 restrict them from embarking on the demonstration due to efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group in a statement has, thus, urged its members and the general public to remain calm and be of hope that the restrictions would be lifted as expeditiously as possible.

The group also encouraged all its members to actively share their frustrations on their various social media platforms to intensify their demands on government to close down the LGBTQ office; declare the two diplomats; the Australian High Commissioner and Danish Ambassador as persona non grata and state firmly the actions of LGBTQ in the country as "immoral and illegal".

Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr Clement Apaak, has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to address Ghanaians and state his position on the LGBT+ issue clearly as well as what he intends to do to ensure that the LGBT+ community does not find space in the country.

Dr Apaak's comment comes on the back of the opening of an LGBTQI office in Accra with backing from the European Union and some foreign missions in the country.

Although the President has ordered the closure of the office, Dr Apaak believes the fight against LGBTQI must start with the President.

“Ghanaians are right, the time for talk is over, it's time for action. The upsurge in LGBTQI Activism must be countered. Honestly, it must start with President Akufo-Addo. It's not sufficient to close down an office or resource centre,” Mr Apaak said in a statement.

He stated that President Akufo-Addo ought to address the nation, with international media present, stating clearly the fact that “our laws, cultures, traditions and faiths forbid it, abhor it.”

“The President must say clearly like his processors did, that our laws and traditions, culture can't co-exist with such abominable lifestyles and that LGBTQI lifestyle wouldn't and never would be welcome in Ghana,” the lawmaker added.

In Dr Apaak’s view, this is the only way President Akufo-Addo can assure the people of Ghana that he is not a direct or indirect enhancer of LGBTQI activities in Ghana.

President Nana Akufo-Addo in 2017 said changing Ghana’s laws to legalise homosexuality is not a matter which is "on the agenda" but "bound to happen".

Asked in an interview with Aljazeera why Ghana’s laws still criminalise homosexuality, Nana Akufo-Addo said: “This is the socio-cultural issue if you like,” adding: “I don’t believe that in Ghana, so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say: ‘Change it [the law], let’s then have a new paradigm in Ghana’”.

The Ghanaian leader, however, said: “I think that it is something that is bound to happen”.

Asked by the interviewer: “What’s going to provoke it, what’s going to make it happen?” President Akufo-Addo said: “Oh, like elsewhere in the world, the activities of individuals [and] groups”.

A year after in 2018, the president, at an event, emphatically stated that: “It will not be under his Presidency that same-sex marriage will be legalised in Ghana.”

But Dr Apaak wants Mr Akufo-Addo to purge himself from the "it's bound to happen," comment he made earlier.

Source: classfmonline.com
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