Four days ago, officers of the Ghana Police Service raided a meeting being held in Ho and arrested 21 persons.
According to the police, they were engaged in “unlawful assembly.”
It happens that those people arrested for the unlawful assembly are indeed activists for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning” LGBTQ issues.
A police statement released later explained that they were arrested because they had met as LGBTQ activists discussing LGBTQ issues.
“Meanwhile, the Command assures the public of its resolve to get to the bottom of this issue…,” it added.
Four days after their arrest, the 21 are still in police custody after a judge put them on remand.
They would be expected to be in court again on June 4.
This is the latest in a number of events where state actors have targeted LGTBQ groups in the country.
Earlier this year, an LGBTQ safe house was raided by the police after conservative Ghanaians advocated for it.
Later, a bipartisan group of Members of Parliament claimed they have started work on a bill that will seek to, among other things, criminalize even the advocacy for LGBTQ people.
However, with religion and the state coming together to target LGBTQ people, some Ghanaians are are publicly standing up as allies of the community.
They are speaking up and using their voices and platform to highlight the recent arrest of the 21 people.
The hashtag #ReleaseThe21 is being used to get the government to release them and also highlight the plight of LGBTQ people in Ghana.
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