MONROVIA, Montserrado – Last week, a group comprised of major business organizations launched a protest to shut down the entire commercial sector in an effort to draw attention to economic issues.
The protest by the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia was scheduled to begin on April 10 and last until President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressed the group’s concerns.
However, it appeared that less than half the number of businesses appeared to obey the pronouncement, unlike the previous protest in February which largely saw universal compliance.
The group said the action is intended to get national leaders to understand the constraints business owners in the country were facing.
There were some concerns that business owners who did not participate in the protest would be harassed by the protest organizers and there was a heavy police presence on the first day of the protest.
Despite police assurance to marketers, many stores remained closed while others were halfway opened. Petty traders were mostly seen transacting business on the day of the protest.
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