Leader of the Economic Fighters League (Fighters), Ernesto Yeboah, has highlighted the need to prevent the oppression of any group of people since it has the tendency to lead to violence.
In the wake of the recent disturbances at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) which resulted in the destruction of over 40 cars, 10 motorbikes, the main administration block of the university and other properties, Mr Yeboah was of the view that leadership will not have intervened to address the concerns of the students if the protests did not occur.
“Those who are condemning violence wholesale probably don’t understand or are merely being hypocritical. If the KNUST students didn’t do what they did we probably would not have been talking about it (their grievance) now,” he said in a video post.
In his view “young people in this country are oppressed, young people in this country are suppressed and under the same conditions you cannot expect any other thing but violence [in some cases].
He therefore called on the leadership of the country to institute measures that will ensure that the needs of the youth are addressed.
The group organised a demonstration in September 2018, to demand immediate intervention from government to create jobs for the youth.
In their opinion, the rate of unemployment among the youth was worrying and government needs to create the enabling business environment to give opportunities to the many unemployed youth.