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General News of Sunday, 22 August 2021

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Why 'Chale Wote' organisers were arrested – Police

Mantse Aryeequaye, curator of Chale Wote is in police custody Mantse Aryeequaye, curator of Chale Wote is in police custody

• The police has given a reason for the arrest of organisers of Chale Wote

• The police says the organisers breached the Public Order Act

• Three persons were picked up, Saturday, for organising the event indoor


The Greater Accra Regional Police Command has said that organisers of ‘Chale Wote’ were arrested for flouting the Public Order Act.

Curator of the popular street art festival, Mantse Aryeequaye; and two organizers, Nii Aryee and Ampem Darko (Ananse) were on Saturday, August 21, apprehended by the police at the Ussher Fort at Jamestown when the event was being held. They were subsequently sent to the Accra Regional Police Command.

Barely a day after the arrested was effected, the police, according to citinewsroom.com, has said the trio were arrested for defying the Public Order Act.

“The command sighted the advert for this festival and invited the organisers for a meeting, and I am told the organisers never turned up. So yesterday [Saturday], we picked intelligence to the effect that the organizers were already preparing the place for the event. The police then moved in to arrest the three persons,” Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, DSP Juliana Obeng is quoted to have said.

The three persons are yet to be released.

Earlier, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) announced that the 2021 edition of Chale Wote will be a virtual event due to the upsurge in COVID-19 cases.

A statement from the outfit said the decision was "in compliance with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s 26th update on the COVID-19 protocols for people to avoid large gatherings to prevent the spread of the pandemic".

It continued: "Towards this end, management of the AMA and organizers of the festival have agreed that all lined up programmes would be broadcast on virtual platforms such as social media and other online channels to enable all enthusiasts of the festival to follow the activities.

"Furthermore, contrary to previous events and its associated large crowd there will be no outdoor activities that require in-person participation during this year’s event which commences from 13th August to 22nd August 2021."



What President Akufo-Addo said in his 26th COVID-19 address about events:

On July 25, 2021, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo updated Ghanaians on the country’s enhanced response to the pandemic. Among others, the president announced a review of safety protocols for public gatherings, including funerals and wedding receptions.

He said:

"The COVID-19 Taskforce, which I chair, has recommended that a second look be taken at the protocols that have been put in place for social and public gatherings, in particular weddings and funerals, across the country. I have, in previous updates, emphasised the need for the strict observance of safety protocols at all such gatherings. To ensure that such gatherings do not become the sources of infections, the following must be adhered to by all at these gatherings:

the wearing of masks continues to be mandatory, and persons must respect the enhanced hygiene protocols;

all such events must be held in open air spaces;

the duration of such events is limited to two (2) hours;

there must be observance of the one (1) metre social distancing rule; and

handshakes must be avoided."

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