Yesterday, a planned protest organized by the Council of Patriots seemed to go astray amid a gathering of a small group of protesters near Capitol Hill without the presence of their leaders. The day’s events later got complicated, as rioting sprouted on Tubman Boulevard, causing major traffic.
After an earlier postponement, the organizers of the well-attended June 7 protest has announced it will go ahead today with its second round of protest to demand that the government address its demands.
The Council of Patriots has scheduled another protest on July 31, in a quest to get the government to act on its 45-count petition presented on June 9, 2019. However, the petition presents three challenges that probably inhibit the government’s response. First, the unofficial delivery, second the legitimacy question that arises with the fast disintegration of CoP; and third, most of the demands are flawed, unspecific, and moot.
The organizer of the June 7 protest, the Council of Patriots, has announced an adjustment in the date of its second protest earlier scheduled to kick-off during the week of July 26.
U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder has issued a strong statement against the holding of a planned protest during the week of the July 26 Independence Day celebrations.
On June 7, during a mass citizen protest against rising government inefficiency, economic hardship, public mismanagement, and incompetence, the Government of Liberia said it blocked social media for “national security” reasons. Many, especially the press and civil society organizations, have labeled it as a way of curtailing free speech and muzzling the press.
Sen. Oscar Cooper of Margibi has announced his resignation as an advisor to the Council of Patriots.
Autocrat, dictator, repressive, corrupt, and the list go on. These are a few of the words being used by opponents and others to describe President Weah’s tenure. And, I must say that the president is not doing much to change those descriptions of his short stint as president so far.