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POLICE SAY NDC INTENDS TO CREATE HAVOC AT “KUM YEN PREKO” ON JULY 9

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State intelligence agency personnel set to work on the oncoming “Kum Yen Preko” demonstration have told the Daily Statesman that security agencies are scanning “credible intelligence reports” which suggest that the National Democratic Congress intends to do “everything possible” to violate the constitutional liberties granted the protesters for their political benefit.

State intelligence agency personnel set to work on the oncoming “Kum Yen Preko” demonstration have told the Daily Statesman that security agencies are scanning “credible intelligence reports” which suggest that the National Democratic Congress intends to do “everything possible” to violate the constitutional liberties granted the protesters for their political benefit.

That “everything possible”, the security agency source said, is “trapping the police and other security agencies to commit blunders”, even if that leads to “spilling innocent blood for political purposes”.

The opposition party has served notice that it is embarking on a “Kum Yen Preko” demonstration next week to protest the “high cost of living” and “economic hardship”, supposedly imposed on the nation by the New Patriotic Party government.

Plans for a ground war

The intelligence leak, which was traced to a credible NDC media insider, said the planners of the demonstration have drawn out “four basic strategies”, including deploying groups such as the Azorka Boys and NDC Hawks on to the turf to play covert roles.

They will also be used to direct the flow of the crowd, among other activities connected to the demo.

The police are however tight-lipped on further details of strategy. The Azorka Boys and Hawks, according to the report, will be supported largely by indigenous groups from zongos together with certain Ga-Dangme civil society organisation activists and retired security personnel with NDC connections.

The “ground forces”, as the media insider described them, will be using their experience in “politics intimidation” to manage the crowd in military fashion, just behind the regular faces who are expected to front the demonstration and give it a semblance of decency.

The intention is not only to cushion the “raw elements” among the demonstrators on GHC50 “political stipends”, but also steer the process tactically, intelligence sources said.

Textbook sacrifice

To carry out the demonstration effectively and achieve its set target, the Daily Statesman’s source says, the planners have studied demonstrations from the 1948 Accra looting, the February 28 Crossroads shooting of 1948, the great “Kume Preko” protest of 1995, and, more recently, the Ga-Dangme protests, which were ably managed by the then regional chief of police, Kofi Boakye, who was able to stop troublemakers from going through with their intended plan.

One strategy of the Ga-Dangme protests during the Kufour era was that several diversions were created to confuse the police and draw them away from the agreed routes, to achieve destructive aims. Thankfully, the police were up to the task, having laid out counter-responses and options for containment of the situation.

Our sources also note that in the cases of the Accra lootings and February 28, some blood had to spill before they were victorious. The same incident happened in the February 1966 coup, June 4 and December 31. The same incident, they insist, happened at the “Kume Preko” demonstrations in which Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo played a leading role.

For the NDC to return to “winnings”, therefore, history will have to relived in the “Kum Yen Preko” demonstration, the strategists maintain.

Containment

Police sources, however give their assurance that they are monitoring all flashpoints in Ghana, including Nima, Odododiodoo, areas dominated by settler farmers and the media for signs of involvement in the plot.

The police are also designing strategies to prevent any diversions, using minimum force as required by law. They are also monitoring the movement of all names and faces known to the service as leaders or activists of vigilante groups.