In a prepared statement issued by the Liberians for Gongloe on Sunday, July 31, 2022, the group said, part of the ingredients of democracy is the inalienable right of people to assemble and express their displeasure – in the form of protest – at their government failure to deliver. Once they do so civilly, any heavy hand in dealing with them is arbitrary and unlawful.
This said, we hold the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) regime responsible for the brutality meted against some members of the Student Unification Party (SUP) of University of Liberia who gathered on July 26, 2022 to call public attention to the dismal performance of the government under President George Manneh Weah’s watch. The LIBERIANS FOR GONGLOE (LIFOGO) movement categorically condemns the barbaric act in the strongest terms. Therefore, we call on all Liberians home and abroad, regardless of their political and religious shades, to speak out against the “creeping” despotism of CDC/President Weah, for we cannot and should not allow this beautiful country of ours to degenerate into barbarism again.
We would like to add that the stains of the students’ blood are on the hands of the thugs, ruffians or hoodlums the government aided and unleashed to harm the students. Because the Liberia National Police took no actions to curb the so-called CDC Council of Patriots who were attacking the student protestors, irrefutably the Weah-led Administration sanctioned the ruthlessness, and must bear in mind that its ringleaders will account for this despicable act. For history teaches us that regardless of how long degenerate kings may stay in power, nemesis always has a way of catching up with them.
The unbridled fact is the performance of this government is nothing to write home about. It has rendered Liberia uncomfortable to inhabit. In fact, its citizens have become poorer than they were prior to the coming in of the CDC Government. Yet the regime does not care about the wellbeing of its people. What concerns its principals is corruption/daylight stealing of our taxes and other resources –fully aware that their actions impair Liberia’s progress. Particularly unsurprising is the fact that the awful state of the nation does not bother President Weah and his aides. Instead, they swim in its wealth they have illegally amassed to the extent that he leads them in processions of BUGA-dancers in every space he finds.
LIFOGO reiterates that the blood of the SUP protestors particularly Christopher Walter Sisulu Sivili is squarely on the hands of the CDC Government and its miscreants who brutalized the peaceful protestors. The fact that the primitive act was perpetrated on our nation’s birthday was in itself the desecration of the historic day, and the Weah Administration’s alleged sanction of the attack, must be a wake-up call to all Liberians to keep a watchful eye on the government as we go toward the general elections in 2023”, the statement signed Mr. Weah Karpeh, Interim National Coordinator noted