Four Civil Society Organizations have publicly condemned Thursday, June 25, 2020 violent demonstration in the suburb of Monrovia when roads were blocked, and the burning of tyres which completely cripple the free movement of people and the free flow of traffic.
Below is the full text of their statement
The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL); Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD); Naymote Partners for Democratic Development (NAYMOTE-Liberia); and Accountability Lab Liberia Strongly Condemn the Thursday, June 25, 2020 violent demonstration in the Sinkor area, especially setting up of unauthorized road blocks and burning of car tires by unscrupulous individuals allegedly associated with the Council of Patriots (COP), organizer of the June 7, 2019 protest in Monrovia.
We are appalled by this unwholesome act of violence, as such action has the propensity to undermine Liberia’s peace and instill fear in citizens and development partners as well as create a sense of insecurity. While we recognize the rights of individuals or groups to protest and or voice out their frustration (s) about any happenings in the country, they must do so civilly and legally. We call on the Ministry of Justice and Liberian National Police to timely investigate the matter and prosecute those who masterminded and executed the Violence.
By the same token, we like to strongly condemn misjudged statement by the Mayor of the City of Monrovia, Mr. Jefferson Kojee that he will form a Citizens Action Unit (CAU) that will serve as first responder to violent demonstrations/protests in the city of Monrovia. Such statement is unwarranted, counterproductive to Liberia’s peace and undermines the roles of the Liberian National Police and other state security apparatuses in the country. We urge Mr. Kojee to desist from making such utterances as it equally tends to ferment violence and jeopardize the peace of the country.
Finally, we encourage all Liberians to jealously protect the Peace, as any violence and instability will worsen the already difficult economic condition of the Country.
Lawrence Yealue Anderson Miamen
Country Representative , Accountability Lab Liberia Executive Director, CENTAL
Harold Marvin Aidoo, Sr. Eddie D. Jarwolo
Executive Director, IREDD Executive Director, NAYMOTE