PATEL Suspends Week-long Protest

Mr. Presley Tenwah, PATEL Chairman

The much talked about organized Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL) nationwide protest has been suspended by the leadership of the organization based on the intervention of prominent individuals in the Liberian society, including a member of the United States Congress.

According to a statement released by the leadership of the organization, the suspension of their protest is in line to the concern expressed by all Liberians in support of the protest, and further noted that as a result of this, the Liberian Government has gotten the signal of the plight of Liberian businesses.

Even though, the protest which began on Monday, April 10, did not get the maximum support anticipated by PATEL, although PATEL’s Secretary General Mentee Gbeimie boasted that the first day’s protest was “successful.”

The called off of the protest by the leadership of PATEL, according to some marketers who spoke to our reporter noted that this latest protest has made no difference as compared to the PATEL’s first protest, where nearly every business centers were compelled to close their doors.

The Liberian Justice Minister, Cllr. Fredrick Cherus on a local radio station threatened members of PATEL, especially those remains defiance to keep their stores and other businesses closed to remain at such, as government was going to take drastic action against those involved.

However, this latest action on the part of PATEL to suspend its planned strike action has brought relief to many of those who felt they were losing income as a result of the protest will now be pleased of this latest action.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.