Op­po­si­tion post­pones anti-govt Liberia rally

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

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.

(AFP)

This file photo shows Liberian ra­dio show host and op­po­si­tion leader Henry Costa in Mon­rovia on December 19

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