Friday, 08 December

#OccupyJulorBiHouse: Don't block the 37 Hospital gate – Wanlov warns protestors

Ghanaian music artiste and activist Wanlov Kubolor

Rapper and activist Wanlov the Kubolor, born Emmanuel Owusu-Bonsu, has warned the protestors partaking in the ongoing #OccupyJulorBiHouse demonstration to stay clear of the gate leading into the 37 Military Hospital, Accra.

"Chale, guys, we have to push past the police or the police has to back up at least 50 metres," he said in a video posted on X (Twitter). 

"If anything happens at the 37 Military Hospital, and leads to somebody's death because of a delay or something, the government and the media will use that against the protest causing [observing] Ghanaians to be angry at protesters that because of the them something [bad] has happened to someone at 37'," he explained.

The star singer-songwriter appealed to protesters "to push them [police] back, pass through them".

"Do whatever you have to, or negotiate with them so they step back," he advised, stressing: "Make them understand that you don't want to block the entrance to the hospital." 

Wanlov alleged "they [police] are standing there with that [sinister] intention".

"I'm earnestly begging you guys," he said, adding: "This thing really pains me."

View Wanlov's X post here:

Rapper and social commentator C-Real was at the 37 Military Hospital area. 

He wrote on X: "Road Block at 37 Hospital. Heavy police presence, barricades, armour vehicles and swat gear. Protestors have sat down and taken over the road until something changes. The energy here is contagious. People are TIRED! [Ghana flag] #OccupyJulorBiHouse."

He attached the following images to his post:

| Police with a barricade on the 37-Jubilee House road, Accra

| C-Real with fellow protestors and the 37 Military Hospital behind him 

The scenes above, from Day 2 of the #OccupyJulorBiHouse protest, were before the heavy rain, September 22, 2023.

| Protestors when the rain came down heavy on Friday, September 22

The 37 Military Hospital is 2.2km from the seat of Ghana's government, the Golden Jubliee House, which is at the centre of the protest organised by the Benjamin Akuffo Darko-led civil society group Democracy Hub and Oliver Barker Vormawor-led #FixTheCountry. 

'Julor Bi', slightly rhymes with and is a play on the word 'Jubilee' in the name 'Jubilee House'. In the Ga language, the phrase 'Julor Bi' means 'Child of a thief'. 

According to Democracy Hub, the purpose of the protest is to alert “the President [Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo] and members of the Economic Management Team to #FixTheCountry in light of the level of economic mismanagement and theft that has engulfed our government from the highest levels”.

“The picketing will also allow citizens to express their opposition to the proposed military intervention in Niger as well as any other government policy decisions or initiatives,” the group added.

It began yesterday, Kwame Memorial Day, because September 21 set aside to celebrate the Pan-Africanist and Ghana's first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, highlights “the spirit of resilience and resistance that led the struggle against oppression and dispossession”. 

Source: Benjamin