Ghanaian arrested for protesting by first lady

The arrest in Ghana of a student who staged a placard protest metres away from First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo has caused outrage on social media.

Reginald Sekyi-Brown held up the placard with the inscription #OpenUGMCnow, a reference to the University of Ghana Medical Centre, while the first lady was at a sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of a pediatric intensive care unit at a teaching hospital in Ghana’s capital Accra.

The OpenUGMCnow is a campaign about the failure of government to open the $217m (£163m) medical centre for public use because of an impasse between the university and the health ministry over who will manage the facility.

In a video circulating on social media, the student walks up to the podium while the first lady delivers a speech, catches her eye as she pauses briefly to look at his placard before continuing with her speech.


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