Government’s ‘Shoot To Kill’ Order Is Barbaric – We Condemn It!

Counsellor Jerome J. Verdier, Sr., former chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Republic of Liberia

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Reminders of April 12 and Wartime Executions

Recent public notices from the Government of President George M. Weah through airport authorities that trespassers and suspected looters caught at the secured parameters of the airport will be “shot on sight” is a grim reminder of our despotic and evil past, many Liberians prefer never to relive again.

As we approach another anniversary of the Military Coup of April 12, 1980, the spectacle of several Liberians shot, execution style in the Executive Mansion and around the Capitol City of Monrovia and 13 very prominent Officials of Government lined up and publically executed on a Monrovia beach, looms large in our minds with fears of history being repeated.

We are also reminded of war-time executions when many hungry and desperate youths were executed for “looting”, “failure to follow orders” or for some other trivial, heartless and baseless reasons that bear no parity to the value of lives that were lost on the war theatre without regards to the sanctity of life, the rule of law or the rights of individual victims without just cause or excuse.

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Source: Globe Afrique Media

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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.