Massive crowds called by a coalition of political parties have brought traffic in the Tamale township to a virtual standstill.
Themed ‘Di Mii Ya’ which translates into ‘Times are Hard’, the demonstration is to protest the hardships and suffering in the Northern parts of the country, particularly and Ghana generally.
The organizers say President John Mahama’s government has, through failed policies, imposed untold hardship on the people.
They claim that a thick cloud of hopelessness and despondency has enveloped towns and villages in the north
They hope to draw government’s attention to the unbearable pain being endured by citizens of the North whose living conditions have deteriorated significantly in the last few years.
Joy News Correspondent Martina Abugri reported that the crowds caused a huge traffic jam in the Central Business District of the Northern Regional capital, Tamale.
She reported a counter-demonstration by supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress led by the regional Chairman, Sofo Azorka, nearly marred the protest.
She said there was a standoff between the two groups of protesters with youth of the coalition of political parties insisting that they will not change course as suggested by their leaders.
They were angered by the fact that their leaders capitulated and decided to change course because the NDC protesters had marched on their advertised route.
Eventually, reason prevailed, Martina said, so the angry youth backed down, changed course continued with their demonstration.