Amid June 7 Protest, British Embassy Says No Recent Terror Alert Issued

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The British Embassy in Monrovia has issued a statement clarifying that it has not issued any recent travel alert to its citizens warning of terror attacks.

The statement comes in the wake of a FrontPageAfrica story published on May 4 that said the British government had issued a travel alert warning its nationals to avoid protest sites, noting that “terrorists are likely to carry out attacks in Liberia.”

FrontPage said the warning from the British government followed a similar alert from the Canadian government admonishing its citizens in Liberia to be mindful of their safety and security while traveling to Liberia.

The report suggested that these alerts were tied to the upcoming June 7 protest organized by a group calling itself the Council of Patriots.

However, on Tuesday, the British Embassy said the U.K. government had not made any recent changes to the safety and security section of its travel advice for Liberia.

“The last change to this section was in November 2018, which made our travel advice on Liberia consistent with our advice on other countries in the region,” the embassy’s statement read.

However, a visit to the travel advice page for Liberia showed that the Embassy changed the road travel section of its advisory on March 28.

In an email to The Bush Chicken, the embassy wrote: “It relates to the need for an International Driving Permit (IDP) in Liberia post Brexit. (Our current arrangement for driving licenses with Liberia comes under the EU).”

However, since Brexit never happened on March 29, the embassy said “UK driving license holders do not yet need an IDP for Liberia. This section will only apply after Brexit.”

As it relates to terror threats, the U.K. Embassy emphasized that “the current advice is not linked to the planned protests on 7 June 2019.”

“Our travel advice remains constantly under review,” the embassy statement maintained.

The embassy further said that media institutions in the country are always welcome to verify stories relating to UK government statements before publication.

In May 2018, FrontPageAfrica conducted a similar reporting alleging that the British Embassy was alerting its citizens of a terror threat. That claim was also denied by the embassy, as it noted that it was simply revising its terror alert to be consistent with what it has for other countries in the region.

Featured photo courtesy of British Embassy, Monrovia

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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