June 7 Protest Will Converge on Capitol Hill

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The Council of Patriots has been holding series of meetings with representatives from the UN, AU and ECOWAS as mediators between them and the Government of Liberia. Now, CoP's own meetings with the Government are taking a more cordial tone, ahead of June 7. PICTURED: Members Council of Patriots with Ibn Chambas, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS)

GoL, CoP agree on security, protocol

The Government of Liberia (GoL) has affirmed its commitment to provide security to the peaceful assembly of citizens on June 7, 2019, under the aegis of the Council of Patriots (CoP).

The commitment was made in a meeting convened by the Ministry of Justice with the leadership of the Council of Patriots to discuss and agree on issues of security, and protocol to be observed on June 7, 2019.

The parties agreed that the assembly point will be on Capitol Hill, and that people traveling to the assembly point from different directions will be granted police protection, and “unhindered access.”

Capitol Hill refers to anywhere between the Ministry of Mines and Energy on the west end and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the east end.

By the commitment, those traveling from Paynesville-Congo Town by way of Sinkor, will use the 12th Street diversion through Jallah Town, and those traveling from across the Gabriel Tucker Bridge and Central Monrovia, will access the assembly point through Camp Johnson Road and UN Drive connecting Lynch Street.

The UN Commission on Human Rights and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), have all committed to deploying observers during the peaceful assembly.

The meeting was observed by the UN Resident Coordinator, the African Union (AU) Ambassador and the Special Representative of ECOWAS to Liberia.

Meanwhile, the Council of Patriots have consistently said that they wish to present their list of demands to none other than the President of Liberia, George Manneh Weah.

In a related development, the Embassy of the United States in Monrovia has issued an alert, warning its citizens to stay away from any of the protest sites.

The alert warned that the protest, which is organized by CoP will start during the morning hours of June 7 and might continue till the following day.

“U.S. Government personnel have been advised to avoid the area, including rescheduling flights in or out of Roberts International Airport (RIA) on June 7 and 8, as traffic jams may affect travel to and from the airport,” the Embassy warned.

The U.S. Government through its Embassy advised it citizens to exercise caution when unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protest.

The protest, according to the CoP, is intended to demand President George Weah and his Government to adhere to the rule of law, abide by the Constitution, fight corruption and provide basic social services for citizens.

The international community, including ECOWAS, UN and the AU have all held mediation talks with between the Liberian government and the members of the CoP.

Recently, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, expressed concerns over the capacity of the security apparatus to contain the June 7 protest, if it should last for more than a day.

4 COMMENTS

  1. “Meanwhile, the Council of Patriots have consistently said that they wish to present their list of demands to none other than the President of Liberia, George Manneh Weah…”

    Well, COP members can’t pick and choose part of Chapter 111, Article 17 of the Constitution – “All persons… shall have the right to assemble… to petition the government or other functionaries for the redress of grievances – they’re going to abide with. Nowhere in Article 17 is the President personally required to receive grievances, or “redress” instantaneous regardless of whether some impractable.

    Most importantly, for safety reasons, considering an expected mammoth crowd with probable overflows from City Hall to Camp Johnson Road, apart from senior legislative staff, work at government offices in that perimeter should be suspended. Crowd control, even with the best of intentions, can turn into riot control or stampede; imagine, then, a threat environment of mob violence, partisan emotionalism, and incendiary statements about June 7 as a regime change uprising to “save the state”.

    Crowd control does presuppose availability of resources and basic equipment to prevent suspect persons and weapons entering the venue. For example, barriers, metal detectors, sniffer dogs, monitored close circuit television (CCTV), cameras atop sorrounding buildings, and so on. Of course, those insisting on “several days” of protests haven’t factored in these constraints or capacity of the security sector. Yet LNP is signing MOU with PUL for “safety” of journalists when they don’t know the heck what’s ahead of them.

    We Liberians have for-nothing big mouth, envious, and greedy; so, foreign covert agents would continue their MO of guiding us into chaos of our own choosing. That’s the beauty of covert aggression, drones aren’t needed: Africans kill themselves better.

  2. IT IS A GRAVE MISTAKE to sanction such a nerve Center and strategic point as Capitol Hill to such a group, not to talk about EXPOSING the president as any soft target (taking into account the political climate) with even the world’s number 1 superpower THE USA WARNINGS ABOUT POSSIBLE TERRORIST ATTACK AMID YEKEH KOLUBAH’S PLOT HE MADE KNOWN RECENTLY. No wonder the very Yekeh Kolubah is under siege and ARREST.

    • Thank God half-witted blundering zounderkite like you have never been by the White House in DC, otherwise you would have fainted or perhaps ejaculated? at the sight of demonstrations upon demonstrations and in spite of whatever the threat level on any given day. Better you update that antiquated outlook on world matters, than subjecting us to your narrow-minded pedaticism. Thank you.

      • Well articulated, Brother. Some of these simple minded clowns do not understand democracy and as such, their world views are just limited to the streets of Monrovia.

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