Police have used teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters demanding answers to the rapidly declining economic conditions under President George Manneh Weah.
The protest began peaceful up to the point when officers of the Liberia National Police began the used of water cannons and teargas on the protesters which turned the peaceful assembly violent as many people ran for shelter. Montserrado District #10 Rep. Yekeh Kolubah was visibly shaken as officer impounded his vehicle. The impounding of the Lawmaker’s vehicle came at a result when LNP says there was an alleged weapon found in Representative Kolubah’s vehicle. The protest organizers, the Council of Patriots led hundreds near the seat of the three branches of government, vowing to remain on the streets until President Weah answered their demands. Monday’s protest follows two mass rallies against the Weah-led government struggling to fight off allegations of corruption and rising prices.
Nearly 5,000 protesters assembled outside Monrovia’s Capitol building, with banners “March for Justice” and “Bring Back Our Money”. Traffic along the main Tubman Boulevard in Sinkor was diverted to the Jallah Town Back Road. The rest of the city remained relatively peaceful, although some businesses remained closed.