COVID-19 Walhalla: Demolition Of Market Stalls by City Police ‘Gives Rise To Hardship’ Victims Say They’re Not Treated Fairly

Over the past days, members of the Monrovia City Police upon instruction of authority demolished market stalls at the commercial district of Waterside in Monrovia under the canopy of avoiding people from grouping themselves together amid the coronavirus crisis which is sweeping innocent lives around the world.

The incident which intensified on Sunday, March 29, 2020 put hundreds of marketers out of business with their selling tables completely destroyed by  brodozers, a situation that made many of the marketers the wept in tears, noting that the destruction of their market stalls over the years made them to feed their families and sending their children to school.

Our reporter who visited the affected area, the commercial waterside, saw dozens of police in ready aimed getting people who will be in group off the streets, while at the same time some of the affected marketers whose market stalls were completely destroyed by brodozers were seen in tears.

“We were taken aback, the government should have given us prior notice about this decision; it is not fair to many of us who are single parents, and are depending on our markets for survival,” one of the victims with tears rolling down her eyes, only identified herself as Mary Toe explained to our reporter as she pondered what to do after today’s date.

“As much we agreed that the government is trying to save our lives from this deadly COVID-19 which has taken thousands of lives around the world, we are also aware that it is unsafe to be in group, the police should have just taken us from the streets until the time provided is elapse instead of destroying our market stalls,” Daniel Geeplay, one of the victims speaking to journalists noted.

Health authorities said in order to prevent yourself from being caught by this deadly disease and also avoid from spreading the virus to others, “Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell.”

With all of these measures, it is believed that the action of the police is aimed at allowing people to abide by all of these measures, if they are safe their lives. But unfortunately, the breaking of market stalls by the police gave rise to the anger of the people, many of whom whose daily lives depend on selling to feed their families, and send their children to school.

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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.