Protest Rallies Overwhelm Liberia Ahead Of Christmas Festivity
Ahead of the celebration of this year’s Christmas Festivities, two opposition political parties, the Alternative National Congress (ANC) of Alexander B. Cummings, and the Liberia People’s Party (LPP) of Counselor Tiawon Gongloe have planned series of protest rallies to vent out their frustrations regarding the way things are taking place in Liberia under the CDC-led Government of President George Manneh Weah.
Earlier, the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) which includes the Alternative National Congress (ANC) and the Liberty Party (LP) last week announced to the public a planned protest rally scheduled for December 17, 2022.
Addressing reporters in Monrovia, the head of Team Cummings, Mr. Lewis G. Brown said the protest rally named: “We Tired Suffering” will call President Weah and his government’s attention to the growing wave of sufferings, extreme hardship, societal ills, and bad governance that a vast majority of the citizens are encountering.
While Liberians are pondering over the upcoming CPP rally on Friday, another opposition political party, the Liberia People’s Party (LPP) of human rights lawyer, Counselor Tiawon Gongloe, has also announced its protest rally on December 14, 2022 to publicly denounce an alleged constitutional crisis. Organizers have not provided specific gathering times and locations. Capitol Hill hosts several government buildings, such as the legislature and the Executive Mansion (presidential residence), and the Liberian Judiciary. The December 14 event is likely to draw hundreds of participants.
Meanwhile, it is unclear whether permission has been granted for the event. Should the protest proceed, a heightened security presence is likely across Capitol Hill. Given the anti-government nature of the action, the potential for clashes with security forces is elevated. Localized disruptions cannot be over looked.