Urey Calls on Supporters to Boo Other Parties

KAKATA, Margibi – Benoni Urey, the standard bearer of the All Liberian Party, has called on his supporters and electorates to boo other opposition parties and the ruling Unity Party, as he branded them as collaborators with the current government.

Speaking at a political rally last weekend in Kakata, Urey accused other opposition parties of conniving with the Unity Party-led government to cause untold suffering for the masses.

The ALP political leader said those calling themselves opposition, other than the ALP, are not truly in opposition to the government and booing and voting them out of office is the best option voters should take.

Cross section of audience members listening to Urey’s speech. Photo: Emmanuel Degleh

“All of them have fallen to the feet of this government for handouts,” Urey said. “We have defended you and we will defend you until we die.”

He called on the electorate to be conscious as they go to the polls, noting that the decisions they will make at the poll would determine whether the country will retrogress or progress.

On the contrary, he said in no way the ALP will support any form of electoral violence but called for the booing of other oppositions and the ruling party as a means of the people expressing their anger over a regime he considers corrupt.

“They are coming again with stolen money and stolen vehicles but when you eat their money, boo them,” Urey noted. “Nothing wrong with you booing the rogues.”

Urey’s calls were concerning, considering that his party and most of the other political parties had signed the Farmington River Declaration committing themselves to preventing election violence and encouraging peaceful political campaign activities.

While his statements did not outright advocate for violence, Urey’s statements were alarming given the recent attack on Vice President Joseph Boakai’s convoy in Clara Town. The attack started with individuals booing the Unity Party standard bearer as he was attending an endorsement event.

Inspector General Gregory Coleman had recently disclosed that the police was investigating the event and cautioned the public to avoid carrying out acts that could trigger violence.

Featured photo by All Liberian Party

Emmanuel Degleh

Emmanuel has over a decade of experience working as a community radio broadcaster. He is the Margibi correspondent for the Liberia Broadcasting System and the Manager for Classic FM 93.9 MHz, one of Liberia’s leading community radio stations. Emmanuel is also a member of the Press Union of Liberia and a 2016 Internews Health Journalism Fellow.

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