U.S. Based Rights Group Endorses June 7 Protest, As Rep. Yekeh Kolubah Storms Buchanan City Over The Weekend

The much publicized June 7, 2019 ‘Save The State’ protest continue to gain more support from the general public, and those Liberians in the diaspora, one of the latest groups wiring up its support for this protest is a Liberian advocacy group based in the United States, Movement for Justice in Liberia (MOJUL) which publicly pledged its support to the June 7 protest.

In a press release issued over the weekend, MOJUL said, “Like the Council of Patriots  (COP), organizers of the protest, MOJUL believes the nation of Liberia’s state of affairs are completely on a fact deteriorating trajectory, national government has refused to listen, lacks the governance know-how to halt the bleeding to reserve course, except to demonstrate sheer ineptitude, incompetence and cluelessness.”

Several civil society groups and prominent ordinary citizens have pledged their support to the June 7 protest the organizers called, “Save the State”, which from indications, is expected to shake Monrovia from the core. MOJUL’s support for the peaceful protest is just the latest of the long line of supporters.

In the press statement, MOJUL further said it believes “The demands, as articulated by the Council of Patriots are reasonable, just and recommendatory to the problems that have engulfed the country. We are especially and particularly impress by COP’s call for the establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Court in the framework of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). According, as a justice advocacy organization, primarily founded to advocate, lobby and to fight until all war and economic criminals are held accountable, endorsing the June 7th peaceful protest is undoubtedly justified.”

COP has organized and announced the holding of the peaceful protest, beginning on June 7, to petition the Wead Administration to address a host of grievances and alleged Constitutional violation. In March, MOJUL and the International Justice Group (IJG) spearheaded a civil action in Washington, D.C. in which they presented a statement to the office of U.S. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and solicited the support of the U.S. Government for the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia.

MOJUL called for accountability for all those indicted in the TRC Report as having committed war and economic crimes during the country’s back-to-back wars in the 1990s. No one is Liberia has been prosecuted for extra judicial atrocities and economic crimes committed during the war. Although some, like Tom Woewiyu, Mohammad Jabateh. Agnes Taylor, Charles “Chucky” Taylor, Martina Johnson and others have been arrested and prosecuted in the U.S. and Europe, no war criminals have ever been prosecuted in Liberia.

MOJUL called on COP to ensure a peaceful and non-violent rally to protect the nation’s hard-earned fragile peace, in order to avoid the repeat of the past, except to actually SAVE THE STATE. It is convinced that peaceful assembly as guaranteed under the Liberian Constitution as unambiguously as stated in Article One (1) and Seventeen (17).

MOJUL in the statement also said, “It was troubled by a Government of Liberia (GoL) plan, through its supporters, to state a counter rally on June 7, and said it should  be aborted immediately to lower the already heightened  tension in the country”. “We hope and expect the Liberian Government to respect and protect the rights of the peaceful protesters by according them access and providing the necessary security to save the state and keep the peace on and after June 7, 2019,” the justice and advocacy group observed.

In a related development, back in Liberia, Representative Yekeh Kolubah over the weekend stormed the Port City of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County in his bid to spread the message of the June 7 protest. According to report, hundreds of residents in the County expressed their support to the protest.

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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.