Despite Gov’t Warning, PATEL Maintains Protest Action Today

Presley Tenwah (3rd from left), Chairman of PATEL, and other executive members (Photo Credit: Daily Observer)

Despite warning from the Liberian Government requesting the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia or PATEL to abort its planned protest action today, the group leadership says it will maintain its planned protest action until the Liberian Government see reason to address its concern.

Speaking on a local radio station this morning, the Chairman of the organization, Presley Tenwah reemphasized that his organization decried the Liberian Government’s weekend statement stressing that the action of PATEL ‘Is illegal’, and further warned that police will be deployed to abort anyone who venture to ‘destroy’ the peace and stability of Liberians.

Mr. Tenwah who sounded angry and frustration, said his organization will not be deterred by any threats from the Government to disallow their planned protest action today, noting, “Our action is gears toward brining relief to the Liberian business entrepreneurs; the reduction of tariff, the high rate of U.S. Dollar over the Liberian Dollar and other unnecessary taxes being imposed on the Liberian people,” Mr. Tenwah speaking further noted.

Over the weekend, the Chamber of Commerce in a press statement issued late Saturday evening, called on all its members not to be a part of the PATEL’s protest, also last week, some members of the House of Representatives prevailed on members of the PATEL to disallow its planned action and go about its normal businesses.

GNN reporter who toured the city of Monrovia and its environs noticed that most businesses were observed closed, but noted that some market women were making their way to the commercial center of Redlight in pursuit of their daily business encounter.

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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.