Top National Democratic Congress (NDC) members have joined hundreds of Ghanaians to participate in the ratified Ghana-U.S. defence cooperation agreement.
The demonstration which has been dubbed the Ghana First, is currently underway in Accra with an overwhelming number of NDC bigwigs.
The NDC Minority in Parliament had even issued an official statement on Tuesday on their intention to join the demonstration.
The former Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur joined the teeming demonstrators at the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle where the exercise began.
The demonstrators vehemently opposed the US-Ghana military agreement, arguing that giving unfettered access to the US military will mean mortgaging Ghana’s sovereignty to the Americans.
They are also incensed by their firm believe that the agreement will lead to the US setting up a military base in Ghana, which they say will expose the country to terrorism. This claim has consistently been denied by the government as well as the US Embassy in Accra.
The demonstration, heavily guarded by personnel of the Ghana Police Service, will go through the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, to Farisco Traffic Light to TUC, pass through EOCO and end at the Hearts Park where the leaders of the exercise are expected to address the crowd.
A police statement on Tuesday assured citizens that maximum security would be provided but warned, “No splinter demonstrations or acts intended to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the demonstration will be tolerated”.