The Opposition Liberty Party that took fourth place in the first round of 2017 Presidential Election has endorsed a planned peaceful assembly organized by the Council of Patriots, seeking to bring the current regime to book on a number of governance lapses.
Emphasizing its respect for the rule of law and good governance, the LP says it takes cognizance of the rights of Liberians to peacefully assemble and petition their government as enshrined in Article 17 of the 1986 Constitution of our country and interpose absolutely no objections to same
The LP noted that the unwillingness of the government to give account of 16 Billion New Liberian Banknotes it said went missing and 25 million USD intended to stabilize the exchange rate between local currency and the USD, the overnight accumulation of wealth by President Weah and some members of his government, the unauthorized use of donors’ money, the arbitrary and violent shutdown of Roots FM and refusal to grant Punch FM Operational License, the shielding of perpetrators of Electoral Violence in Montserrado County Districts 13 and 15, widespread poverty, delay in the payment of salaries to government employees, are sufficient justifications for a peaceful protest by the people of Liberia.
While appreciating International Partners and the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia for having successfully mediated between the COP and the GOL to de-escalate the growing wave of tension that characterized negotiations over the practicability of holding a peaceful assembly on December 30, 2019, LP said it is a constitutional right for Liberians to organize in a peaceful assembly. The party’s comments just days after its political leader, Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence declared the pending protest as a democratic exercise guaranteed and protected by the constitution, and ought not to be threatened by charges of treason.