In the joint statement issued on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, the International Community called for a prompt and thorough investigation by the police, that will bring to justice the instigators and perpetrators of these acts of violence.
“The International Community in Liberia, having learnt with concern of the serious violence committed in Monrovia on 26 July, condemns without reservation, such acts which occurred on the 175th anniversary of Independence,” said the statement.
“We urge a prompt and thorough investigation by the police, that will bring to justice the instigators and perpetrators of these acts of violence,” the International Community demanded in its statement.
The group also called on political leaders to act firmly in preventing and eliminating political intolerance and violence, noting that violence is not the right path to resolving disputes.
“We welcome the swift condemnation by political, governmental, and civil society actors of the violent act which occurred, and we encourage all political leaders to act firmly in preventing and eliminating political intolerance and violence. Liberia has a record of free, fair, and transparent elections over the last two decades, making this country an example of stability and democracy in the region,” the statement furthered.
“Violence is not the right way to resolve disputes. Political differences should be resolved by dialogue. We therefore encourage all actors to act responsibly and embrace the principles of tolerance, democracy, and constitutionalism for an inclusive, transparent and peaceful election process in Liberia 2022-2023,” added the statement.
Meanwhile, there have since been widespread condemnations of the July 26 Political Violence in Monrovia, especially the unwholesome act of violence meted against Christopher Sivili, with calls on the Government of Liberia(GoL) to carry out an immediate investigation, and hold perpetrators accountable.
In a well circulated video on the social media, 22 year-old Christopher Sivili was seen being mobbed, tortured and stripped naked by some youth believed to be members of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and Collaborating Political Parties (COP).
The incident happened near the Embassy of the United States near Monrovia.
Many wonder why state security did not move in, when the act of violence streamed live on various social media platforms.
Christopher Sivili is a member of the Central Committee of the University of Liberia based Student Unification Party (SUP).