CDC, LP Clash in Sanniquellie

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Liberty Party pickup in Sanniquellie, blocking the way, preventing the CDC pickup from passing through

Pandemonium broke out around 4 p.m. yesterday in Sanniquellie, Nimba County, when partisans of the Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC) and the Liberty Party (LP) reportedly clashed, while the two sides were simultaneously conducting their respective political rallies.

The situation, according to eyewitnesses, became so tense that partisans from the opposing sides resulted to stone throwing; thereby wounding several people. Police officers later arrested a number of the protestors, while the wounded were taken to the G. W. Harley Hospital on the outskirts of Sanniquellie for treatment.

One eyewitness told the Daily Observer that the CDCians were en-route to the old mining town of Yekepa, north of Sanniquellie, when supporters of the Liberty Party reportedly blocked the main entrance around the vicinity of the Circuit Court, demanding that the CDCians use a detour, “because authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) disallow two parties campaigning in a given locality at the same time.”

But the CDCians, who were traveling with their standard bearer, Senator George Weah, did not waste any time, but allegedly forced their way through the Liberty Party line, thereby intensifying the clash.

“This afternoon, partisans of the Liberty Party blocked the road demanding that the CDCians will not pass through, because NEC said two parties cannot campaign in the same area at the same time. But the CDC people forced their way, a situation which erupted into a free-for-all fighting among partisans of the two parties,” said one Peterson Mansua, a resident of Sanniquellie.

The LP pickup, blocking the road, antagonized CDCians who wanted to get through.

One Aaron, also a resident of the city, told this newspaper that the Liberty Party was scheduled to launch its campaign at about 4 p.m. in Sanniquellie. But while in the process, the CDCians arrived from Ganta, the county’s commercial hub, forcing their way into the LP gathering.

He said upon the arrival of the CDC, people in T-shirts with inscriptions bearing the LP logo began taking off their shirts in place of the CDC T-shirts.

It was based on that behavior that supporters of the Liberty Party reportedly blocked the main entrance to the center of Sanniquellie using two LP pickups.

“The CDCians did not waste anytime,” eyewitnesses said, and allegedly forced their way through the LP gathering, which reportedly exacerbated the situation to the extent that fighting ensued.

When police calmed the situation, Sen. Weah made a brief stop at the St. Mary Football Field north of Sanniquellie, where he addressed his supporters, before leaving for Yekepa.

Yesterday’s incident brought Sanniquellie to a momentary standstill, when businesses were closed, but the quick intervention of the security forces restored the residents’ lost hope.

Nimba County Police Commander Augustine Warri has confirmed the incident, but said it has been brought under control with the arrest of few individuals who may help police with the investigation.

The Liberty Party has in recent times been holding a series of rallies across the county.

9 COMMENTS

  1. This is a clear reflections that those who were wearing LP t-shirts are not loyal to the party.LP should hold responsible those who took their party t-shirts and did not show commitment but decided to take it off later for the people party the CDC.LP should not have blocked any road because it belongs to everyone.No political party should use a public road to have rallies or blocked it.But we shall see the actual outcome of these processes on October 10th,2017.

  2. Please, Please, Please, CDC is not a violent neither a photocopy of Taylor, we know who are doing this to spoil the name of the party but in the first place it was not CDC that started the fight ,there is a rule of law in this country, the the law take its course

  3. No surprise on the action of Mr. Weah and his CDC lawless followers. If LP blocked the road, his duty as a presidential candidate or a law abiding citizen is to call in the police and not bully his way through the road block. Is this the dummy who wants to be President? Lord please forgive us our trespasses and make things right in our country.

  4. Rebelism. Not acceptable. The silent majority will throw out and vote out any lawlessness intended to interrupt the guidelines and process of this election. No more violence.
    Gone in silence. The Liberian people have the power to. Let the nation know.

  5. Look Ladies and Gentlemen,
    The issue here is not about the personality, but rather the situation that occurred. let’s face the fact, it could had been CDC having this rally or other Parties. A partisan should remain Loyal, committed and totally free of violence.
    If the spirits of disloyalty have overtaken partisan of LP (According to Aaron, also a resident of the city, telling this newspaper that, ”upon the arrival of the CDC, people in T-shirts with inscriptions bearing the LP logo began taking off their shirts in place of the CDC T-shirts.), it should not have resulted into a road block by the faithful few partisan of LP.
    THAT IS INDEED BEEN VIOLENT, THAT WHICH WE SEEK TO AVOID DURING THIS 2017 POLITICAL CAMPAIGN.
    On the other hand, the CDCian action (“The CDCians did not waste anytime,” eyewitnesses said, and allegedly forced their way through the LP gathering, which reportedly exacerbated the situation to the extent that fighting ensued.), which is always the case, was been VIOLENT as well, but happened in accordance with principle, ”to every actions, there is an equal and opposite reaction”.

    Please my people, let’s leave our action to October 10, and see who becomes Liberia’s next leader. let your support become you along business and do not make others to forcefully support your support.

    CDCians, LP, UP, ANC, etc. let’s not use our actions but our Knowledge and Experience to choose our next leaders.
    Long Live Liberia!

    Your humble servant,
    Obediah C. Nyemah
    +231886840922

  6. Even though Liberia has a dysfunctional system, I guarantee the more we educate our people in Liberia, the less disorderliness, and lawlessness we will have to deal with.

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