Speaking Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at a news conference held at the Headquarters of the CDC in Congo Town, near Monrovia, Koijee said the CDC youth league will protect the democracy of the country by countering future protest or demonstration.
Koijee, who is also the Mayor of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), asserted that the CDC will not sit here as spectators, and watch the country being attacked by protestors.
“If no one will do that, the youth league will protect the democracy of the country. Not because I am a mayor, we will be on the front burner. We will lead our people as we have led them before. We will be there, any day that is announced by anyone, similar day will be announced by us and where so ever you will be, we will also be there, we will meet there in flesh and blood so as to see whether you got the capacity to threaten our peace and democracy,” he intoned.
“We want to officially announce to the world and the international community, that what we fought for, we will not sit here as spectators and watch it come under attack by those who believe that nothing good can ever happen under our watch,” he continued.
“We want to say in this forum, when there is any called demonstration, as lawmakers can lead, we want to say in my official capacity; whether you call me mayor or youth chairman, we want to assure the public and the international community, we want to be protector or our democracy, we will be on the scene also. We want to lead such forces also,” the CDC Youth League Chairman asserted.
Koijee pointed out that the statement is the official position of the CDC youth league.
“Never again, and let me say this in a louder voice, never again, such mistaken incident will occur and you think we will sit, and somebody in utopia, believing that because of the love of this country, that you think you have monopoly in distributing fears and panic in the people, no that is not possible, unless we are not in this corridor.”
“We have not being moved, and I want to say thank you for the privilege given to me by the national youth league, for asking me to communicate this view with two decisions; the first decision is to let the world know that whatsoever that will be announced by the National Elections Commission, because NEC is the official body that got the responsibility to preside over electoral matters in our country,” he, among other things, added.
The official position of the CDC youth league came on the heels of protest by the Council of Patriots (COP) on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
On Wednesday, July 31, 2019, riot officers of the Liberia National Police(LNP) and hundreds of protesters under the banner of the Council of Patriots(COP)clashed on the grounds of the Capitol Building in Monrovia.
The Capitol Building is the official seat of the Legislature.
The protest by the COP followed the June 7 “Save the State Protest” that was also organized by the very COP against what it called corruption, high cost of living, among others under the regime of former footballer turned President George Manneh Weah.
Police fired tear gas to stop the protestors from having access to the main street separating the Capitol and the Executive Mansion, the seat of the presidency where they had gathered on June 7.
During the protest, the protesters, who were chanting pro-democracy slogans, reportedly threw stones and bottles at the police officers.
However, the officers sent for reinforcement and they managed to push the protesters back to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, but the protesters angrily resisted being pushed off the main road and this prompted the clashes between them and riot police officers.
Meanwhile, several persons got injured as stones flew from all directions. On the other hand, it was gathered that the Headquarters of the opposition Liberty Party(LP) in Congo Town, outside Monrovia was on Wednesday evening tense as stone throwing and others were the order of the day relative to the by-elections preliminary results. The situation caused heavy traffic from 20th Street up till Catholic Junction as a result there was a coerced detour from Car Wash to avoid clash between two opposing groups- Coalition for Democratic Change(CDC) and Liberty Party(LP) . Several persons also reportedly got wounded during the melee.