At least 100,000 persons are expected to participate in a march on Saturday in Monrovia.
Organized by a group calling itself Citizens’ Action Movement (CAM), the march which would be carried out by civil servants, trade and labor unions, marketers, students, women and youth groups, among others, is aimed at ensuring that all threats to peace and stability in Liberia are “effectively and decisively removed.”
CAM, in a statement issued in Monrovia yesterday, said during the march participants would send a clear and loud message that Liberians are interested in the peace and stability of the country and were ready to stand up in defense of their right to live in peace and tranquility.
The release, signed by A. Mangestus Kollie, chairman of the march organizing committee, pointed out that letters have been sent to Government of Liberia (GOL), Unity Party (UP), and Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), urging them to ensure that all threats to peace and tranquility in the country are removed for citizens and foreign residents to go about their normal activities in the New Year (2012).
The march, according to its organizers, is scheduled to begin from the Sports field of the Barclay Training Center (BTC) on UN Drive to the Congo Town headquarters of the ruling UP and the opposition CDC where formal petition for peace, will be presented to their respective leaderships.
“It is our hope that this massive display of solidarity by ordinary Liberians will persuade the politicians that Liberians are willing and ready to take their destiny into their own hands, and are no longer prepared to stand aside to allow selfish individuals to hold the country hostage because of personal ambitions,” the release said.
The release did not, however, say whether or not the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) had given its approval for the Saturday march. It may be recalled that in recent times, there have been a series of unauthorized marches in Monrovia during which several public and private properties were pillaged and destroyed and unsuspected people wounded. Several individuals suspected of involvement in such “violent and illegal demonstrations” were arrested by the Liberia National Police (LNP) and charged for prosecution in line with the laws of the country.