The Alternative National Congress of Mr. Alexander Cummings has strongly condemned the violent ending to Monday’s protest organized by the Council of Patriots.
Describing the spraying of teargas on peaceful protesters as a clear trademark of tyrants, the ANC said the action by the Liberian National Police subjected protesters to fear, suffering, injury and risk of death. “This singular act on the part of the government is intended to abrogate the constitutional right of assembly guaranteed to citizens of this nation and sets the precedence for future use of arbitrary decisions to revoke our constitution in part or in whole. It is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe told reporters Monday that the use of teargas was triggered by protesters decision to light coal pot on the grounds of the Capitol, seating of the National Legislature, the Temple of Justice and the Liberian presidency. As a government, minister Nagbe said the Weah-led government respects democracy as well as allowing citizens to exercise of freedoms and will protect and defend all citizens in the exercise of all rights. The minister however said the government will not bend in performing its responsibilities to protect the peace and security of the state.
In its response, the ANC rejected the government’s excuse that led to the use of force which was necessitated by the cooking of food for protesters on the side of the street at the protest site. The party also expressed grave concerns regarding media reports that the LNP at a news conference Monday searched and confiscated the vehicle of Rep. Yekeh Kolubah(ANC, District No. 10, Montserrado County), in which the LNP claims to have found guns and other illegal items.