‘Ex-rebel Generals Vividly Seen at Protest on Jan. 6’

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INHCR Chairman Bartholomew B. Cooley reading the statement of the institution and other human rights groups

— INCHR monitors say, want Government to investigate causes of excessive force on protesters by state security

The Independent National Human Rights Commission (INCHR), in conjunction with the Civil Society Human Rights Platform, has called on the Liberian Government to investigate the cause of the “Excessive use of force by state security against peaceful protesters” on Monday, January 6 on the Capitol Hill during the Council of Patriots (COP) protest.

A joint statement issued by the INCHR and the Civil Society Platform says the combined group monitored the protest and observed that it began peacefully without any form of intimidation but, by the evening hours of the day, the Liberia National Police headed by Deputy Inspector General for Operation, Marvin Sackor went ahead and gave an order that the crowd should be dispersed, point at which the police began using tear gas and hot water cannon on the protesters.

“This excessive use of force by the LNP against the protesters who had been peaceful all day on Monday, January 6 was totally disproportionate and unwarranted,” INCHR’s statement said.

The human rights groups, in their statement, referenced Chapter 3 Article 17 of the Liberian Constitution which states:  “All persons, at all times, in an orderly and peaceable manner, shall have the right to assemble and consult upon the common good, to instruct their representatives, to petition the Government or other functionaries for the redress of grievances.”

Referencing other protocols that Liberia is a signatory to, the INCHR and other human rights groups cited Article 21 of the international Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which says: “The right to peaceful assembly shall be recognized.  No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of this right.”  Also Article 11 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights was cited in favor of protesters, saying: “Every individual has the right to assemble freely with others.”

According to the human rights groups, monitors who were deployed on the day of the protest exerted effort to dissuade the police action, but was ignored by the Police Deputy Director for Operations (code number: 102) on ground that he accordingly received orders from above to totally disperse the crowd of protesters.

The LNP Inspector General, Patrick Sudue had justified earlier that the Police took the action due to failure of the protesters to stop cooking in the vicinity that hosts the Executive Mansion, Legislature and the Judiciary.

Human rights monitors also countered that, when the police raised the concern, they worked with the protesters and they saw reason to quench the fire and relocate. It was during the course of relocating, the human rights monitors said, the orders came to 102 to disperse the crowd.

The human rights organizations, however, acknowledged the LNP’s earlier professional and cooperative posture during the morning hours of the protest but, at the same time, demand and investigation and explanation concerning the excessive force used.

During the protest, human rights monitors in the joint statement disclosed that a vehicle occupied by former notorious rebel generals was seen on the ground among the protesters; which INCHR and its collaborators say they want the government to provide explanations about.

The human rights groups confirm in the joint statement that monitors saw vividly ex-LURD rebel General Ofori Diah driving the unmarked vehicle, along with ex-NPFL General Siafa Norman, ex-ULIMO-J General Augustine Nagbe alias “General Power,” and four others.

The INCHR and others are concerned that the protest ground was a “No go zone” for vehicles as police officers were mounted to monitor protesters who were coming to converge. However, to their dismay, those rebel generals, some of who are recorded for committing atrocities in the country’s civil war, were on a vehicle among the protesters who resolved to be peaceful.

The aforementioned former rebel generals were last year heard on the radio threatening to arrest Representative Yekeh Kolubah, who is also a former general of the NPFL, for expressing his candid view on the way the country is run.

The former rebel generals also announced last year that they were forming a non-governmental organization with the support of Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill, something that sparked public debate about the intent of the government supporting such a group in the name of an NGO.

17 COMMENTS

  1. If Ex Rebel General Yekeh Kolubah can be leading a treasonous protest to overthrow the government, Mr. Editor and Mr. Reporter, you people must be mentally sick to bore readers with such a very stupid headline and story.

  2. Bartholomew B. Cooley, YOU are another ignorant pretender to spew such rubbish about excessive force (tear gas and water) on bastards and scumbags sent by Joseph Boakai and Benoni Urey to light fire and coal pots and make mess on the door steps of the Executive ,Mansion and the Capitol Building.

    When Ellen and Joseph Boakai and their Unity Party government used live bullets and gunned down protesters, why did you keep your backsides shut? Oh i get it, you rascals have to justify donations to your good for nothing INHCR..

  3. Yes……”Ex- Rebels Generals Vividly seen at Protest”. One name was left out: Yekeh Koulubah.
    Fake news and bias reporting by our news media–a recipe for destuction.

    Mamadu S. Bah

    • I am sure you know that Yekeh Kolubah is an elected Representative and his being at the protest was not a secret, because he’s been talking all along that he would be there as one of the organizers. As far as we know, the former Ex Generals are not elected by their people and did not represent any group….oh, they were there as government paid agents to beat up protesters as commanded by their dictator and rogueish president George Weah and his bunch of praise-singing sycophants in the security forces. It never occur to me that dummy Weah would be a Human Rights Abuser.

      • Being elected doesn’t exclude the fact that Yekeh is an ex-rebel general. After all, Liberia is know for notoriously rewarding killers, looters, sycophants and “jobtivist” with government jobs. It is very silly that our so-called press will brand and hail other warlords as activist “jobtivist” and brand others as ex-generals.

  4. Maybe Liberians want for the country to be placed under United Nations Trusteeship for about 10 years whereby instructions and administrations will emanate from Accra or Abuja. Keep playing fun!

    • Insane Rebel Dolo, Shut the hell up. Who put Liberia under the care of the UN when your damn NPFL ransacked Monrovia ? Because your Ass benefitted from the war at the time so you didn’t open your dirty mouth then, so shut it up now. You are a hypocritical and deceitful character and well meaning Liberians are prepared for a Bitch like you.

      Just how the protesters are Liberians and had the right of movement and assembly, as far as we know this man is not under house arrest and is free to move around Monrovia. Instead of discussing how to remove the REBELS that are in the Legislature who the tax payers of Liberia are paying $15 – 20,000 USD a month, you want to come on here and cherry pick with a threat. Shit will happen and not a damn thing you can do about it.
      If he is profiled anytime he moves around, or shouldn’t be allowed to move around, then let it be across the board, get all of the ex- rebels off the street, starting from capital hill and cut the cherry picking crap off.

      Rebel Ass Dolo, I don’t start anything I don’t end,. You barked at the wrong tree yesterday, little puppy, I’m ready for you anytime, in the States and definitely in Liberia. MF. SMH..

  5. We need to be more nationalistic than being local to political groups and individuals,see our country other countries are moving ahead,let’s discuss the core issue,I was there I saw sabo unit and some of them was arrested with arms and other deadly weapon,have u heard government talking about it,what was those ex general doing at the protest,they pass through the police check point entering capital Hill from Central town.why use excessive force on peaceful protesters who agreed to stop cooking at the capitol.we need to put our house in order to move this country forward.

  6. INCHR monitors want Government to investigate causes of excessive force on protesters by state security??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    BUNCH OF CROOKS EATING FREE MONEY FROM GOVERNMENT AND PHILANTHROPISTS! WELL, TAKE THIS EDUCATION…..YOU ALL AND THAT OLD AND UGLY JOSPEH BOAKAI HAVE FAILED.

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    Police in Freetown, Sierra Leone, have fired tear gas as people took to the streets to complain about the authorities’ handling of the Ebola virus. BUT IN LIBERIA, THE POLICE NEEDS TO GO TO COURT TO OBTAIN ORDERS TO DISPERSE PROTESTERS!

    WORLD NEWSJANUARY 16, 2017 / 9:36 PM / 3 YEARS AGO
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    ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Ivory Coast police fired teargas on Monday to disperse pupils and students protesting at government ministries in the main city, Abidjan, as nationwide strikes intensified, police and a senior union official said. BUT IN LIBERIA, THE POLICE IS SUPPOSE TO RUNAWAY!

    Senegal: Police fire tear gas at protesters
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    SENEGAL
    Hundreds of protesters on Thursday morning demonstrated against a law to change Senegal’s electoral code due to be voted on in parliament in the capital Dakar. IN LIBERIA THE POLICE IS TO JOIN THE PROTESTERS!

  7. Speaking earlier to their supporters, Montserrado County Senator Darius Dillon, Henry Costa, Representative Yekeh Kolubah and Telia Urey assured them of all material support in order to maintain the protesters who had vowed to sleep in the streets until President Weah answered their demands.

    BUT NEITHER BENONI UREY, JOSEPH BOAKAI, DARIUS DILLON, HENRY COSTA, YEKEH KOLUBAH, NOR ANY OF THEIR CHILDREN, OR IMMEDIATE RELATIVES vowed to sleep in the streets until President Weah answered their demands. WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY?

    WORLD NEWSJULY 11, 2019 / 1:43 PM / 6 MONTHS AGO
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    Senegal: Police fire tear gas at protesters! BUT IN LIBERIA THE POLICE SHOULD SING CHRISTMAS CAROLS TO PROTESTERS!

    Tear gas fired in Freetown after body left on street
    Police in Freetown, Sierra Leone, have fired tear gas as people took to the streets to complain about the authorities’ handling of the Ebola virus. BUT IN LIBERIA, THE POLICE NEEDS TO GO TO COURT TO OBTAIN ORDERS TO DISPERSE PROTESTERS!

    WORLD NEWSJANUARY 16, 2017 / 9:36 PM / 3 YEARS AGO
    Ivory Coast police fire teargas to disperse protesting students
    Ange Aboa
    3 MIN READ

    ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Ivory Coast police fired teargas on Monday to disperse pupils and students protesting at government ministries in the main city, Abidjan, as nationwide strikes intensified, police and a senior union official said. BUT IN LIBERIA, THE POLICE IS SUPPOSE TO RUNAWAY!

    Senegal: Police fire tear gas at protesters
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    (Error Code: 102630)
    with Reuters, AFP 19/04/2018
    SENEGAL
    Hundreds of protesters on Thursday morning demonstrated against a law to change Senegal’s electoral code due to be voted on in parliament in the capital Dakar. IN LIBERIA THE POLICE IS TO JOIN THE PROTESTERS!

    NOW ITS EASY TO SEE WHY NEITHER BENONI UREY, JOSEPH BOAKAI, DARIUS DILLON, HENRY COSTA, YEKEH KOLUBAH, NOR ANY OF THEIR CHILDREN, OR IMMEDIATE RELATIVES vowed to sleep in the streets until President Weah answered their demands.

    We who have worked with the UN are aware that tear gas and water cannons are what are used in such cases. And this is why Ellen never hesitated in even using live bullets.

  8. I.N.C.H,R. and all rights and justice advocates should push for a probe into this senseless provocation and bad policing by the L.N.P. Policing is a universal concept and it should be existential even its application and or practice in post-Liberia.
    As a matter of fact in Toronto a few years ago a pressure group “Black Lives Matter” staged 2-long weeks of protest calling out police carding and profiling; this took place at the main city square just a stone trow from Parliament Building where they camped day and night and put up their tents and they used mobile generators, cooking utensils, stoves, BBQ grills, microwaves etc, to prepare meal. Portable toilets and garbage bins just to name a few were also brought to the campground. And thousands of people mainly residents of Toronto visited the site daily as a sign of solidarity…
    Throughout Police reinforced its crowd control methods and tactics to keep the protesters at bay but I didn’t recall any forceful and or violent eviction on the part of the police prior to the intervention…meantime the media was on site daily for the entire protest which would have lasted indefinitely had it not been for the intervention by Provincial govt and the City’s concurrence with recommendations of the aggrieved protesters…Are you kidding me!

    • Henry J. Walace, take back your comment QUICKLY!! And give thanks and praises to the Ministry of Justice for its flexibility!!

      THUMBS UP to the diplomatic community for the excellent intervention!!

      TUMULTUOUS APPLAUDS to the UN and ECOWAS for such stern warning and judicious intervention!

      And of course, profound thanks, appreciation, and resounding gratitude to the Liberia National Police for a job well done in restoring law and order as they are constitutionally mandated!

    • You are probably forgetting that in Canada, US and other western countries, it takes on average about 3 mins for Emergency personnel to arrive after 911 is dialed. Last year more than 20 young Liberians slowly roasted because it took our “fire service” hours to get to the scene.
      Lighting fire to cook were hundreds of people are closely gathered, was a major public hazard that needed to be taken care of.

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