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Opinions of Friday, 18 September 2015

Columnist: Asempa Abankwa Okyere

Inciting fear and panic is an act of terrorism

To my understanding, terrorism is the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear; into people.

From the above, am I justified to put what happened on September 16th, 2015 as terrorism? Are we not constitutionally justified to air our disagreement through peaceful demonstrations and strikes? Were we wrong to let the president know of our predicament and to address it? Why then did I go home with limping limbs after peacefully demonstrating?

The history of Ghana has been painted but not tainted with boycotts, strikes, demonstrations and all other forms of actions that present to the incumbent government the plights of the masses that need redress. With such actions, the government gets to know of her performance and sit up to do more if less.

It was an act of terrorism for supposed security personnel to open harsh treatment as they did yesterday. After all, were they not going about their demonstration peacefully? Did they resort to use of violence at any point in time?

If we claim to be a nation practicing democracy, let us have the stomach to digest the constitutional rights of the citizens!

Let my vote count alliance isn't partisan but per our myopic lenses, we see them to be politically biased. We are right to do that but we have no business putting fear and panic into people that way! After all, don't we want to have free and fair elections next year? Rule of law per our constitution is based on opinions as we disagree to agree. So if people think they need new voting register, that is their own cup of tea. If you wish the already porous voting register is due fit for voting register, you only have to move forward with your claim as LMVC constitutionally did on Wednesday September 16th 2015 which ended abysmally with some being hit with rubber bullets and breathing hazardous teargas.

It's really uncalled for for such things to be carried out when people are demonstrating peacefully in within their constitutional rights. Terrorism should be ousted from our societies starting with acts unlawful and discriminatory as opening fire and teargas on peaceful and innocent citizens of the nation.