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With #FixTheCountry, Ghana youth protests against unemployment, hardship

Ghanaians kicked off a series of planned protests aimed at pressuring President Nana Akufo-Addo’s administration to do more to create jobs for the youth, improve health-care and education standards, and bring down living costs.

Hundreds of Ghanaians, mainly young people converged at the Obra Spot at Kwame Nkrumah interchange, Accra, for #FixTheCountry demonstration.

The demonstrations are being organized under the social media banner #FixTheCountry and were joined by thousands of people wearing masks and carrying placards, who marched in the streets of Accra, the capital, on Wednesday, a public holiday to mark Ghana Founders’ Day.

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The disgruntled youth are taking to the street to express their dissatisfaction over socio-economic challenges in the country and demand better governance from the political leadership.

The demonstrators are clad in red and black, with many holding placards some of, which read, “Pay People to work”, “Change the 1992 Constitution”, We are suffering”, “The Youth are the future not oldmen” “Bring back La General Hospital”, We want work”, and “Fix Ghana”.

Some of the youth said the peaceful demonstration was not political but an expression of concerns about the poor state of governance.

“We are not happy, we are suffering, condition of living is difficult making life unbearable for us,” they said.

There is heavy security presence at vantage points.

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