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L-R: Protesters Cooking Before The Executive Mansion Yesterday (Photos Courtesy: FPA) L-R: Protesters Cooking Before The Executive Mansion Yesterday (Photos Courtesy: FPA)

Protesters ‘Defy’ Police’s Order - Gathering Ends In Stalemate

The Director of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Colonel Patrick Sudue, has said the police kept law and order by providing security for the protestors throughout their protest on Monday, January 5, 2020.

The protesters, under the banner of the Council of Patriots (CoP), which is headed by Mr. Henry P. Costa, yesterday held their long awaited protest in Monrovia. The protest was initially planned to be held on December 30, 2019, but was deferred to January 5, 2020.

However, that date was rejected by the CoP on account that it was the first Sunday of the year and many would have gone to church to worship their God.

The protest, which was earlier coined: “Weah Step Down Campaign,” was watered down to a peaceful protest by the CoP following the intervention by the international community including the United States Embassy near Monrovia, European Union, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

But the Police Chief warned against all acts that tend to disrespect the police officers, who, according to him, have the mandate to direct the activities and movements of the protestors.

Accordingly, as things remained peace for most part of the day, the protesters reportedly defied the police’s order by setting “coal pot,” a locally made cooking stove before the Executive Mansion to prepare their meal of the day.

But this prompted officers of the LNP to disperse the protesters who had gathered on Capitol Hill for the Government of Liberia(GoL) to address their concerns.

Capitol Hill is the central point of the three branches of government as all three branches, namely: the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary are hosted there.

Speaking to reporters few meters away from the Executive Mansion, Mr. Costa, Chairman of the CoP, vowed that the crowd would have forever remain in the streets unless the needed results were met.

“Protests are meant for result and that’s what happens all around the world. One of our demands is for the report surrounding the US$25m mop-up exercise to be released and all those found culpable for allegedly squandering such amount to be prosecuted,” asserted Costa, flanked by an array of COP officials including secretary Mo Ali, Montserrado County Electoral District #10 Representative YekehKolubah and Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon.

Meanwhile, it was also gathered that comparatively, unlike the famous June 7 protest, the crowd yesterday was by far lower in terms of attendance.

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