June 7th ‘’Save The State’ Protest Held Peacefully, But Ended In Deadlock, As COP Holds Press Conference Sunday, June 9, 2019

Liberians in their thousands marched on Capitol Hill to protest

Tens thousands of Liberians under the banner ‘Save The State’ protest organized by the Council of Patriots aimed at demanding the President George Weah led government to improving the livelihood of the Liberian people was on Friday held on the grounds of the Capitol Building peacefully.

National Police was on hand to save the state

The protesters who trooped in their numbers from around Monrovia and its environs chanted anti-Weah slogans including the immediate dismissal of the ministers of Finance, Development and Planning (MFDP), Samuel Tweah and State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill, the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Nathaniel Patray..

Another scene from the protest

Earlier, the Ministers of Justice, Frank Musa Dean, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gbehzohngar Findley, Representative Edwin Snowe and the President of ECOWAS Commission. Jean-Claude Kassi Brou were all on the ground of the Capitol Building to receive the protesters’ statement for onward presentation to the Liberian leader, President George Weah.

Another scene from the protest

After hours of waiting as the crowd grew massively in anticipation of the statement to be received by the Liberian leader, organizers of the protest, the Council of Patriots, raised another qualms, demanding that those five individuals who were recently detained by the police be released before the statement in question be presented.

Senator Sandoe Johnson, one of the organizers in an interview with Al Jazeera reporter during the protest

One of the organizers, Henry P. Costa, who is also one of the brains behind this protest pleaded with the tens of thousands, who turned out to protest, that they should go home and come back on Monday, June 10.

Even the disabled was there to form part of the protest

Speaking to our reporters, the protesters lauded the Liberia National Police for providing a secured environment free of violence.

However, Council of Patriot (COP) is expected to hold a press conference is on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the headquarters of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) to give reason why Friday’s statement was not presented.

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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.