Hundreds of people in Ghana have staged a protest rally against NATO military operations and US involvement in North Africa.
The demonstrators, protesting against the US-led NATO aggression in Libya, started their peaceful march toward the United States embassy in the capital Accra on Saturday, but police confronted them with a prohibition order, blocking the continuation of the demonstrations, the independent website globalresearch.ca, reported.
The protesters, chanting “US, NATO hands off Libya! Hands off Africa,” continued the rally and police arrested 24 people that were later released.
The peaceful march came in defiance of a court order demanding postponement of the demonstration until September 28.
Protest leaders say the action of police shows the extent of US influence over the government in Ghana.
Since March, the United States and NATO have unleashed a punishing United Nations-mandated offensive against the fugitive Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in an alleged attempt to pressure him into giving up power.
Thousands of airstrikes by the alliance have killed many Libyan civilians and revolutionary fighters, who are fighting the government troops.
The development comes as the National Transitional Council (NTC) in Libya has been given a UN seat.
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