Having spent more than 48 hours in police detention, the Monrovia City Court committed the students to pre-trial detention at the Monrovia Central Prison despite a plea from their lawyer, Cllr. Photo credit: Lennart Dodoo/FPAMONROVIA – The Monrovia City Court has committed about 20 persons, including two university students leader to pre-trial detention at the Monrovia Central Prison for their alleged involvement with the riot that occurred on the Capitol By-Pass on Wednesday. Report by Lennart Dodoo, [email protected]They were held in police cell since Wednesday after a random arrest by the Liberia National Police. The Chairman of the Unity Party (UP) made the demand before the Inspector General of Police, Col. Patrick Sudue, the Minister of Justice, Cllr. However, after over an hour of thorough search, the Court Sheriffs told Rep. Kolubah their search did not find any questionable material in his home.
June 08, 2019 15:45 UTC
Normal activities in Ganta, which is referred to as the “City that never sleeps” came to a standstill due to the on-going protest in the country. The Ganta was also emptied on FridayThe Council of Patriots, organizers of June 7 protest, didn’t call for a nationwide protest. This very busy Vai Town market in Monrovia was also a ghost townHowever, those traders didn’t listen to them. This is also in the very busy Vai Town and Waterside markets in Monrovia. Inside the Vai Town MarketOur correspondent, however, met few women in the market selling fish.
June 08, 2019 14:03 UTC
ANC’s Political Leader Alexander Cummings urging his supporters/partisans to go out and protest peacefully avoiding provocationMonrovia – The Thursday, June 7,#SavetheState protest became more successful with the full participation of the partisans of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), who were led by their Political Leader, Mr. Alexander B. Cummings. ANC partisansMr. Cummings descended from his high-rise home to greet and admonish his partisans to be calmed and peaceful. They kept singing and chanting anti-government slogans until they reached their destination and joined the tens of thousands of other peaceful protesters. Earlier on Wednesday, Mr. Cummings addressed at a major press conference, which was held at his party headquarters. It seems Mr. Cummings’ request was heeded by the security forces, including the police.
June 08, 2019 13:30 UTC
Deadlock aside, the June 7, Save-the-State protest may have laid to rest the fears and the lingering ghosts of the April 14, 1979 rice riots, a routinely reminder of an ugly past whenever Liberians prepare to take to the streets and make their voices heard. “We also encourage protesters and security forces to exercise utmost restraint and avoid any form of violence to ensure a peaceful assembly. Jitters & Nerves on Protest’s EveProtesters came in the thousands to make their voices heard for the June 7, Save-the-state protest. April 14, 1979 was marred by widespread looting of retail stores and rice warehouses ensued with damage to private property estimated to have exceeded $40 million. One such journey which still evokes painful memory was the rice riots of April 14, 1979.
June 08, 2019 10:48 UTC
Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor was expected to receive the petition from Council of Patriots but failed to show up reportedly due to health reasons. However, it is also speculated that the Vice President refused to turn up because of the allegation from the President that she’s one of the quiet master minders of the June 7 Protest. FrontPageAfrica has not been able to verify either of two reports relating to why the Vice President did not show up to receive the petition. Members of the Council of Patriots on the float waiting for their petition to be received by the Government of Liberia. However, it appeared both the Council of Patriots and government officials, including the ECOWAS Ambassador could not reach a common understanding.
June 08, 2019 00:47 UTC
Henry Costa being swamped by sea of people“Y’all agreed?” he asked and got back a thunderous “Yes!” from his many supporters. As they turned to leave the main street dividing the Executive Mansion and the Capitol Building, a section of the mammoth crowd chanted: “Our president say we should go home and come back on Monday; we will come back. We will come back.”Costa has said times without numbers that he has presidential aspiration and that he will one day contest to become president of Liberia. All the fears that had been hyped were no where found as the peaceful protesters and the police worked hand-in-hand to advert any untoward things. But, in the meantime, the peaceful protesters are determined to be back on Monday to petition their representatives with their concerns.
June 07, 2019 20:48 UTC
Some of the protestors say they will remain in the streets until the immediate demands are met. I voted for Weah and we expected that he will take the mantle of authority and change the lives of Liberia. However, many of the protesters gathered on the grounds of the capitol say they are committed to a peaceful demonstrated. “When you vote, you vote for a change and when the change can’t come you get frustrated,” says Larman. “You see the officers all in the streets; in the morning hours they even started asking people for ID cards.
June 07, 2019 16:07 UTC
President George Manneh Weah has with immediate effect reinstated Eugene Fahngon, the Deputy Minister for Press and Public Affairs at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT). Fahngon had become known for his video postings on Facebook in defense of the President. However, when the June 7 “Save The State” protest was announced, Fahngon responded by referring to the protest organizers with what was described as divisive speech. Lifting the suspension, the Liberian Leader warned Minister Fahngon and all Government officials to take their work very seriously and operate within the confines of their respective duties. As part of his punishment for being disrespectful to the lawmakers, Fahngon was also fined the amount of 4,999 Liberian cents, which he is to deposit into government coffers for his contempt charge.
June 07, 2019 15:22 UTC
Despite the much-publicized mass demonstration against President Weah and his administration today, the President issued a directive ordering all employees of the government to turnout at work. Many pundits believe the directive was only intended to dilute the momentum of the ‘Save The State Protest’. The organizers of the protest, The Council of Patriots, have repeatedly assured the government and citizens of managing the protest in a peaceful manner. While Central Monrovia remains ghostly, protestors have begun gathering in bathes of hundreds from various locations across the city and assembling on Capitol Hill which hosts the seat of power, the legislature and the judiciary. The Council of Patriots and their sympathizers are expected to present their petition to the Legislature and the office of the President by 3:00 pm local time.
June 07, 2019 13:07 UTC
Liberia: Security Heightened in Monrovia as Citizens Gear Up for Mass DemonstrationEDITOR’S NOTE: This is a developing story and would be updated throughout the day. Monrovia – There is an unusual presence of security in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia as the country is poised to witness what is excepted to be the biggest mass demonstration in its post-war history. These are security measures set up to avert possible commotion that might spark from the protest, but many citizens believe the unprecedented presence of police in the street is unnecessary. Some protestors have already begun gathering on Capitol Hill – the part of the city that hosts the three branches of government. They are calling on President George Manneh Weah to govern by the Constitution, curb corruption and provide basic social services for citizens.
June 07, 2019 09:33 UTC
Monrovia – Marie Kerkulah, like most Liberians is hoping that today’s Save-the-State protest goes on without any incident. VPN Options AvailableMarie Kerkulah of the Women in Peacebuilding Network(WIPNET), recently resumed prayers for peace ahead of the today’s protest. The side of the Executive Mansion has been blocked ahead of today’s protest. The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) is the regulatory and competition authority charged with the statutory responsibility to ensure a vibrant telecommunications sector in Liberia. The cable will be the first fiber optic telecommunications cable to land in Liberia, which had not previously collaborated in other African cable projects due to its 14-year civil strife.
June 07, 2019 06:56 UTC
Ladies and gentlemen of the Press, the Student Unification Party (SUP) vehemently condemns yesterday’s brutal and vicious attack against unarmed and peaceful students as well as lecturers of the University of Liberia. Today, the Weah-led administration has worn such dictatorial garment. The Weah-led administration must now focus on fixing the economy and stop boxing with its perceived enemies. Thanks you and may God bless our cherished land of LiberiaLong Live Conscious University Students – Long Live The Vanguard Student Unification Party. Done and Issued on this 6th Day of June by Martin K. N. Kollie, Standard Bearer of The Student Unification Party (SUP.
June 07, 2019 06:22 UTC
The following is the full text of the petition prepared by the Council of Patriots, to be delivered to the Vice President of Liberia, Jewel Howard Taylor, for onward transmission to the President of Liberia, George M. Weah, on Friday, June 7, 2019. The petition includes several deliverables which the People of Liberia are demanding from their government in the immediate, medium and and long term. ; andLack of support to schools, community colleges, universities, hospitals, health centers and clinics, etc. Immediately review the continual selective appropriations to privately-owned and operated educational and health institutions without regard for long-standing institutions that have been rendering invaluable services in these sectors for decades. Petition made on this 7th Day of June A. D. 2019 in the City of Monrovia, Republic of Liberia by the Council of Patriots (COP), a conglomeration of Patriotic Citizens, Civil Society Groupings, Pressure and Interest Groups, Youth, Workers and Student Organizations, and major Political PartiesTHE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!
June 07, 2019 02:26 UTC
Alexander B. Cummings, political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), says he will join the June 7 “Save the State” protest to remind the government about its constitutional duty. Mr. Cummings said his decision to be part of the protest is to make President George Weah realize that the country’s governance system has reached a crisis level, while the economy is declining exponentially. Speaking to journalists at the party’s headquarters in Sinkor, Monrovia, Mr. Cummings re-emphasized that the protest remains peaceful and within the confines of the Liberian Constitution. “As we approach the much-expected June 7 Protest,” Cummings said, “the ANC would like to admonish its partisans, partisans of the other collaborating opposition parties and all citizens, who wish to exercise their constitutional right, to remain peaceful and act within the confines of the Constitution. “The level of incompetence and broad daylight thievery accompanied by deliberate impunity is nothing like we have seen before,” Cummings said.
June 07, 2019 02:26 UTC
-LGSA Prepares to train 30 SurveyorsEuropean Union (EU)’s Programme Manager for Climate Change and Rural Development, Vera Kellen, says land rights remain the precondition for sustainable development in Africa and the rest of the world. The day-long meeting brought together both local and international partners with focus on land rights advocacy and empowerment of CSOs. The EU’s official further emphasized the important of working with women group, especially vulnerable groups and to also raise or carryout awareness of land rights in the various communities. “EU has given grants to some civil society organizations and the Liberia Land Authorities as cooperation is very cardinal for the land sector. Mr. Kollie noted that Liberia is perceived to also hold one of the most progressive land rights Act in the world, one that recognizes customary land rights, adding that “the Act grants people and communities equal right to ancestral land as private ownership have over the same land.
June 07, 2019 02:15 UTC