Opposition postpones anti-govt Liberia rally
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberian opposition leaders announced a week-long postponement of an anti-government rally planned for Monday after mounting confrontation with the government.
The rally was meant to protest at the West African country’s deepening economic crisis, but its organisers said there was lack of protection for protesters. The government had accused the opposition of calling for President George Weah’s ‘unconstitutional eviction’ and on Saturday warned all protests before the end of January would be blocked.
On Monday, the Council of Patriots (COP) opposition said it had called the rally off after the government said it was unable to provide security and after international observers recommended postponement.
COP chairman Henry Costa, who helped footballer-turnedpresident Weah come to power, insisted the protest would take place nonetheless.
A new date has been set for January 6, after mediation from international observers.
The streets of the capital Monrovia were extremely quiet early on Monday.
Police officers erected checkpoints across the city. Opposition MP Yekeh Kolubah, who is also a COP member, said that police officers had stopped him from transporting protesters to a rallying point in the city.
This file photo shows Liberian radio show host and opposition leader Henry Costa in Monrovia on December 19