Three members of the Chale Wote organizing team have been arrested by the police
The trio are being detained for organizing an indoor edition of the event
The AMA had communicated that this year’s edition would be held virtually
The police have apprehended Mantse Aryeequaye, curator of the annual street art festival Chale Wote; and two other members of his team for going against an order.
The two others, sources tell GhanaWeb, are Ampem Darko (Ananse) and one Nii Aryeh.
Mantse Aryeequaye and his colleagues were picked up Saturday evening and sent to the Accra Police Regional Command after they reportedly held an indoor event in the morning.
“For staging an indoor activity at this year’s #ChaleWote2021, Mantse Aryeequaye curator of Chale Wote has been picked up by police for his works….currently at the police regional command, Accra .since when did the art become a crime?” a tweet by journalist Anny Osabutey read.
A statement from the outfit said the decision was “in compliance with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s 26th update on the COVID-19 protocols for people to avoid large gatherings to prevent the spread of the pandemic”.
It continued: “Towards this end, management of the AMA and organizers of the festival have agreed that all lined up programs would be broadcast on virtual platforms such as social media and other online channels to enable all enthusiasts of the festival to follow the activities.
“Furthermore, contrary to previous events and its associated large crowd there will be no outdoor activities that require in-person participation during this year’s event which commences from 13th August to 22nd August 2021.”