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Court restrains CJA from Peoples'' Jubilee March 3/1/2007
Accra, March 1, GNA - An Accra Fast Track High Court on Thursday granted an interim injunction restraining the Committee for Joint Action (CJA), a political pressure group, from holding any procession on Independence Day.

The Court ruled that no procession shall be held from March 5-15, but the order could be varied after March 15.

"The CJA or its agents or servants or any other organisation is hereby restrained from holding any peaceful procession or otherwise," the Court said.

The CJA last month announced that it would hold a Peoples'' Jubilee Procession on Independence Day in Accra from Kwame Nkrumah Circle to Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum where it would lay a wreath.

However, the police said they could not allow the procession to go ahead since they would be unable to give the demonstrators protection because of commitments during the Independence Day celebrations where scores of foreign delegations were expected.

The police filed an ex-parte motion for an order restraining the CJA from holding any procession on March 6.

The Tertiary Students Confederacy (TESCON) of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), a group calling itself the Campaign for Patriotism (CAP) said they would hold counter demonstrations.

The CJA said it wanted to provide "a popular platform for the masses as an alternative to the essentially elitist Ghana@50 programme". It said it wanted to underline the political significance of Ghana''s independence as an important victory in the worldwide struggle of the ordinary people against elitism.

The CJA said it wanted "to celebrate Kwame Nkrumah, the pre-eminent strategist and tactician of the struggles against classical colonialism".


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