Breach of COVID-19 protocols at Sir John’s funeral not panacea for street protest – Freddie Blay

The Chairman of the governing NPP says disregard for Covid-19 protocol at the funeral of the former General Secretary of the party should not open the floodgates for any group of persons to demand the right to stage a protest.

Frederick Worsemao Armah Blay admitting the breach during Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, aka Sir John’s funeral, was a mistake stated that such an action should not be repeated anywhere across the country.

“The Sir John issue was a mistake, and people have criticised it…I am saying that it doesn’t mean that it should be repeated elsewhere.

“There might have been a mistake in the way people gathered at one place, and for that reason, we should allow anybody to gather in numbers,” he told JoyNews’ Kwesi Parker-Wilson.

Freddie Blay further observed that it would be irresponsible for the police to allow any such gathering, triggering a third wave of the pandemic.

“Merely because what happened maybe some breach, we allow anything to go through and the protocol to breakdown all over the place and allow people to gather. It will be irresponsible for the police.”

He also believes the time has come for the police and the government to guard against any form of gathering unless full compliance with the Covid-19 protocols.

However, Mr Freddie Blay says he is not against demonstration providing they satisfy the requirements.

“I am not saying that people should not demonstrate, but if they can enforce the protocols, they should convince the court.”

The NPP Chairman also dismissed claims that government is hiding behind the police to frustrate the fix the country campaigners from staging a street protest against the Akufo Addo administration