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‘My tweet wasn’t going to get Ghanaians onto the streets’ – British High Commissioner

Harriet Thompson2323423424.jpeg British High Commissioner, Harriet Thompson

Wed, 1 Jun 2022 Source:

The British High Commissioner, Harriet Thompson, has said that her tweet about the arrest of #FixTheCountry convener, Oliver Barker-Vormawor was not intended to cause chaos.

In her view, her tweet was a harmless comment on a subject that was of interest to a lot of Ghanaians.

In an interview on Accra-based GHOne on Tuesday, May 31, she declared that “a tweet like that is not going to be the thing that will get people onto the streets, in my view. If I had thought that there was the remotest chance of that, I wouldn’t be tweeting things like that. That is clearly not my intention.”

“Ghana is a peace-loving nation where people do have the right to express themselves, where they do have the right to come and protest things that matter to them”, she added.

The British envoy’s comment follows a four-page letter from the Ghana Police Service asking the H.E Harriet Thompson to “di wo fie asem” – to wit learn to keep within the limits of what concerns you.

In a tweet posted on May 17, the Commissioner said “Oliver Barker Vormawor, the convener of #FixTheCountry Movement, arrested again, I understand, for a motoring offense on his way to court. I’ll be interested to see where this goes…,”

According to the police, “ordinarily, the Ghana Police Service would not have responded to comments such as yours, obviously made from either a biased or uninformed position.”

The IGP’s letter also stated that the British High Commissioner’s tweet violates the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

“What is more, we consider your tweet as a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961 which enjoins diplomatic missions not to interfere in the internal affairs of their host country”

However, H.E. Harriet Thompson believes “commenting on something that is of great interest to a lot of people in a country is not interfering in the affairs of that country,”

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