As the exchange rate between the United Dollar and the Liberian Dollar continues on its ‘4G’ speed with current rate being put at 115Liberian Dollar to 1 United States, Liberian marketers who said the feel the brunt of this situation have resolved to petition the National Legislature tomorrow, Tuesday, January 31, 2017.
According to the marketers during their peaceful protest to the Capitol to express their frustration to the lawmakers on the continues increment of the exchange rate between the United States Dollar and the Liberian Dollar, all stores, shops and other market places will be closed as a way of solidarity.
The marketers said whenever to try to purchase goods from foreign owned business, owners of these businesses always charged them to pay in United States Dollars, a situation they said is unbearable as the exchange rate continue to speed up at the determent of them.
The marketers under the banner Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL) said their action on Tuesday will symbolize to the lawmakers and the Liberian Government that they are being suppressed as a result of this situation.
However, authority of the Liberia National Police has pleaded with members of PATEL to see reason and suspend their planned protest in the interest of the Liberian people.
Police Inspector General Gregory Coleman begged that the protest be cut off, because according to him said protest has security implication and it can also resolve into instability.
But for their part, the leadership of PATEL speaking to reporters said their peaceful planned protest will remain as scheduled.
Prince Howard said it is unbearable for Liberians who are struggling daily to make ends meet to go through all of these difficulties, noting our protest tomorrow at the Capitol, the Home of the Liberian lawmakers will be a peaceful one, and that it should not be misconstrued that we will disrupt normal businesses throughout the Country,” Mr. Howard noted.