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Police caution against disregard for laws governing public assembly in Ghana

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The Police Administration has expressed worry over recent disregard for laws governing public assembly, resulting in damage to State and private property.

The Public Order Act, 1994 (Act 491),which includes the right to assembly, such as “demonstrations” and special events, enjoins organisers to notify the Police of their intentions, in a period of not less than five days before the date of the event.

Director of Public Affairs, Ghana Police Service, Sheilla Kessie Abayie Buckman says it is obligatory for participants to obey the directions of police officers to safeguard the movement of other persons and vehicles and generally maintain order.

The Police Administration calls on organisers and participants of such events to give due regard to the laws of the country.

It also reminds the public that failure to notify the police of Special event amounts to an offence which can lead to penalties including imprisonment. If crimes are committed during such unlawful demonstrations, all participants are jointly and severally responsible for the crimes.

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