June 7 Protest Gathers Momentum in United States

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President George Weah under pressure to lead and move away from the shadows of Tweah and McGill.

Thousands of Liberian Diaspora to gather at Embassy in Washington DC

The gathering has already begun and thousands of Liberians in the diaspora in the United States are set for a mammoth protest before the Embassy of Liberia on June 7 and 8 in Washington DC, USA.

The gathering, according to leaflets and posters being distributed across the United States, is in solidarity with an expected grand rally of protest to be held in Monrovia from June 7.

‘The solidarity march’ according to Patrick Nimely-Sie Tuon, will begin on June 7 at 10:00 a.m. to assemble before the embassy on 5201 Colorado Avenue, NW Washington DC to support the June 7 “peaceful protest” in Liberia.

“Liberia Diaspora Committee,” a release said, “hereby invites all members of the US-Liberian Diaspora Community to a solidarity rally.”

It added, “It is time to match the plenty talking with concrete actions.”

Meanwhile, Internet radio talk shows across the United States have created platforms for Liberians in the United States to join the two-day protest rally, and many have voiced their opinions against the government of Mr. George Weah.

Though the committee has not disclosed its demands for the two-day rally, other Liberians have expressed the hope that since President Weah does not seem to lead the country, and has been observed to relinquish such authority to those under him at the most crucial occasions, he would have to be asked to resign his position.

“We think he has not shown any leadership skills; therefore we want to ask him to resign, and so that we can find a credible person to lead the country until presidential elections are held,” a caller said.

Another added, “The truth is that the job is greater than President Weah, and so I cannot blame him for a job that he is not able to shoulder.”

“We should blame the Liberian voters for the mess that is going on in our country. After one year in office, nothing seems to go right, and we think it is about time we tell him that he has done what he could, and it is time to leave for someone capable to lead our country,” one other caller said.

Other Liberian callers blamed the country’s current difficulties on Nathaniel McGill, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah, who they claimed have been dictating events and acting behind the scenes, and making President Weah become ineffective as a leader.

On their reactions to the May 14, Council of Patriots’ meeting with President Weah, and what many saw as the President’s attempt to neutralize the tension that is building up toward next month’s protest, many said Weah failed as a leader to take control over the situation.

“President Weah could not take the opportunity to have expressed his government’s immediate plan of action since he should be aware of the reasons the Council of Patriots is calling for the June 7 protest,” one caller said.

Another said though President Weah called the meeting with representatives of the Council of Patriots; he was unaware that it was an opportunity for him to have acted to set the agenda for action that could have changed the trend of the forthcoming protest.

“At the meeting, after some brief remarks, President Weah turned the authority over to Nathaniel McGill… and what should anyone have expected? Weah does not have his own mind to do things…he must wake up to lead, and not be a follower or he should give way for someone able to lead,” the caller noted.

Others said President Weah should with immediate effect, dismiss McGill and Tweah–two individuals that they consider not in the interest of the country, accusing them of manipulating the President.

“They are the ones who are misleading President Weah, and since he has no mind of his own, he is being pulled by the nose,” a caller said.

Several callers said President Weah has not shown his commitment to fighting corruption, and his failure to demonstrate that he has strength enough to lead the country and improve his relations with the Liberian media.

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  1. Yes, a lot of comments are in place. They are true. But other true statements that the “educated ” people deleted the masses are well I wonder what there excuses were.. There was ” high expectations ” for President Sirleaf but she barely made a “c” in performance.
    The masses took a gamble with Weah and lost even more. The question is ” where do we go from here. Mr. Weah has four more years. What are the corrective measures he should take besides hiring “experts in various fields”?

  2. God willing, I will go to the District of Columbia, DC, to observe the marchers.

    Let me be explicit: I am not going to the embassy compound of Liberia as a protester. I will go there as an observer.

    I am sure of one thing. The marchers who will turn out in DC will not be rowdy or out of control.

    I will tell the truth after the march. If the numbers are are exaggerated, I will let the readers know the truth.

    I pray for peace.

  3. Ben Nmah,
    I will go to DC to take care of my personal business. But, I will hang around the embassy on the 7th. If any lies are told during and after the march, I will provide evidence.

    In my state, no one is jumping up and down to march. We’ll see.

    It’s good for people to express themselves. But it’s stupid for people to spread gossips, falsehoods, innuendos and tactics of destabilization. I wish them well.
    Hopefully, there’ll be no violence. If any trouble erupts, the marchers will be fully responsible.

  4. 5201 16th Street NW Washington DC is the correct address for the embassy and not Colorado Ave as reported.

  5. You people are joking..!!!! Liberians will remain peaceful under this regime and Liberians will never be fooled like in the past….we are saying no to your so called save the state!!!! We Liberians should learn to instill in the youth a sense of Cooperation instill of Competition. A good leader is an individual with cooperative and peaceful mind not competitor….

  6. TO PRESIDENT WEAH, WITH MY SPIRTUAL EYES, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SATISFY THE LIB. PEOPLE, BEC WHEN U TOOK OVER, A BIG MESS WAS WAITING FOR YOU. JUST TURN OVER THAT MESS TO YOUR VP. ENJOY THE LITTLE MONEY YOU MADE IN YOUR LIFE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND JUST LEAVE THIS TUMBLE UP MESS WITH THE LIBERIAN PEOPLE LET THEM DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. PLZ MR PRESIDENT LISTEN TO MY STUPID ADVICE. MAY THE GOOD LORD BLESS YOU

  7. Ciatta Smith correctly states in her last sentence that her suggestion for Weah to pass the presidency on to VP Jewel-Taylor is stupid. If Miss Smith is sincere about the stupidity of her suggestion, than there’s no need for Weah to listen to it.
    First of all, VP Jewel-Taylor is part of Weah’s team. If Weah passes the baton of presidency to Jewel-Taylor, the problems of economic hardship will not melt away.

    Secondly, if Jewel-Taylor is a serious member of Weah’s team, this is the right time for her to put her best economic ideas on the table for her party as well as for the country.

  8. Liberians are fool both in Liberia and America.
    Protest will change the foundation our forefathers has destroyed?
    The point here is if protest take place some investors will hold behind saying Liberia still violent community, so they will not come to invest.

    Look Ghana, Nigeria, and others . they covered there mess but Liberians exposed their mess to the world to see it.

    Even most Liberians in America,some of them do not have a kitchen here in Liberia not even investment,now you want to go and protest June 7. Lazy people.

    Go a head and expose your country to the world that is not save for investors. Stupid generations.

    You have been in America for 20 years some of don’t have 2 bedrooms apartment here on half lot and you want to go DC to protest, as if America was the the one that colonized you.

    I wish happy protest in destroy the image of your country.

  9. It is unfortunate that many Liberians claimed to be highly educated and they are proud of their achievements. The sad thing about their claims is that only few have knowledge and wisdom that allow them to made wise decision. There is a different between being educated and having knowledge and wisdom.
    Mr. Weah, President of Liberia can still and time is in his favour to reverse the June 7 plan protest provided he do not allow sympathy to exceed the interest of the Liberian masses that brought him to power. It is not about individual or friends but Liberians.
    It is my prayer that God will touch your heart to make the right decision.

  10. While deciding to protest peacefully is a fundamental constitutional right under the Liberian democracy, I would like to suggest to the organizers to put forth concrete suggestions in writing as to what and how best to improve the geopolitical and socio-economic conditions in Liberia. It is easy for one to protest but very difficult to govern especially after years degradation. I would suggest that people come up with their best ideas and solutions and present them to President Weah for perusal. That is one best way to help mother Liberia and our leaders to succeed.

  11. I THINHK PRESIDENT WEAH NEED TO BUILD MORE SCHOOLS THEN PAVING ROLE IN LIBERIAN LIBERIAN IN AMERICA AND LIBERIA ARE SO DISAPOINTING WHEN IT COMES TO POLITICS HOW CAN YOU TAKE URSELF AT THE CAPITAL OF US IN THE NAME OF PROTESTING. WHAT ARE THE ASSOCIATIION THEY HAVE FOUND TO HELP BUILD ROAD AND SCHOOL OR CLINIC IN LIBERIA. THEY SO DISAPPOINTING IN AFRICA LIBERIA HAVE THE CLOSEST RELATIONSHIP WITH AMERICA. ALL THEY NEED TO DO IS GROUP THEIRSELF TOGETHER AND TASK EVERYONE TO GIVE 2PERCENT OF THEIR INCOME TO CARRY ON PROJECT IN LIBERIAN AND YOU WILL SEE LOT OF BILLIONAIRES WILL HELP THEN OUT IF THEY SEE HOW THEY ARE SERIOUS.ALLL THESE COUNTRY YOU ARE SEEING DEVELOPING FASTER THE MONEY IS COMING FROM USA. IS AN ASSOCIATION THAT YOU NEED TO SET UP AND YOU WILL SEE PEOPLE WILL PULL OUT TO SUPPORT YOU AS LONG YOU ARE SERIOUS BUT FIRST OF ALL YOU HAVE TO START IT UP URSELF. ALL THEY DO IS TALK ABOUT POLITICS AND ANY GOVERNMENT THAT COMES INTO POWER TO EMPLOY THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE SO EDUCATED. IF YOU CREATING A PROJECT THAT ARE CARRYING ON DEVELOPMENT IN LIBERIA AND WE WILL SEE IF YOU TALK LIBERIAN ALL OVER THE WORLD WILL NOT LISTEN TO YOU BUT YOU ARE DOING ANY SUCH OF THESE KIND TO HELP LIBERIAN THAT ARE BACK HOME. SO LIBERIAN THAT HAVE LOVE FOR THEIR POOR LIBERIA LET US FORGET ABOUT POLITIC AND FOCUS ON HOW HE CAN HELP AND IMPROVE DEVELOPMENT AND HELP OUR ECONOMY.

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