CHAOTIC SITUATION : University Students Protest, Blocked House Speaker’s Convoy, Demands President’s Resignation

Students of the State run university, the University of Liberia (UL) barricaded both campuses of the university in the city center and that of the Findell outside the capital, angrily in demand of the reopening of the registration excises which was closed by the administration.

The angry students in their numbers stormed both campuses chanting slogans also in demand of the immediate resignation of the President of the University,  Dr. Ophelia Innez Weeks, who they said has deliberately refused to continue the registration of over 8,000 students.

Some of the angry students who spoke to journalist said they have deposited their registration fees into the UL account but were stopped by the university administration from registering, noting that the former Liberian leader, President Johnson Sireaf  and the National legislature are aware but they are yet to come to their aid.

As a result of the students’ protest, normal working activities on both campuses were at standstill, with angry students burning car tires were set ablaze at various locations including the front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where the offices of the Liberian presidency is located.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives,  Bhophal Chambers who made all attempts to calm the students down, asking them to allow him passage to the UL campus to meet with the Administration on their was denied as the students  blocked all vehicles from passing including the speaker’s convoy from passing through.

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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.