“We want our money now, this is not about party, we will not comprise this L$16 billion issue. Crooks, bring back our money,” the protesters were heard chanting this morning as they converged on Monrovia from all directions.
There’s no telling how a planned public protest in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia, will turn out. So generally, those who feel that even what little productive time or other resources they have, would best be held until well after the protest event has concluded. Some are brave enough to determine how safe or dangerous it may be on the streets but, as the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia warned its citizens over the weekend (paraphrased): “Be advised to stay away from the action, let the people do their thing.”
So it was, that many business centers in Monrovia did not open in anticipation of the planned protest to “Bring Back Our Money”. Schools are closed for the day in Monrovia as well. So far, the protest march appears peaceful, but persistent, never mind the fact that it has been raining all day. The Liberia National Police (LNP) is deployed as an escort “for the protection” of the protesters, as earlier promised by the Ministry of Justice.
People on social media have been debating as to whether there are even more than 1,000 protesters in attendance. It is also suggested that many in attendance are members of the now opposition political blocks, such as the “alliance” between the former ruling Unity Party, Liberty Party and the Alternative National Congress. Though the crowd photos available prove well over 1,000, the protesters are more concerned about the message they are sending to the Government of Liberia and its international partners, namely the United States Embassy, the European Delegation office and the United Nations.
“Bring back our money, we did not see such scandal under president Sirleaf, Weah bring our money back…” protesters are saying.