On June 7, during a mass citizen protest against rising government inefficiency, economic hardship, public mismanagement, and incompetence, the Government of Liberia said it blocked social media for “national security” reasons. Many, especially the press and civil society organizations, have labeled it as a way of curtailing free speech and muzzling the press.
Sen. Oscar Cooper of Margibi has announced his resignation as an advisor to the Council of Patriots.
Autocrat, dictator, repressive, corrupt, and the list go on. These are a few of the words being used by opponents and others to describe President Weah’s tenure. And, I must say that the president is not doing much to change those descriptions of his short stint as president so far.
A few days after President George Weah’s government blocked access to social media platforms during the Save the State protest, the president has assured Liberians that his government would protect the constitutional rights of citizens, regardless of their political views, tribal backgrounds, and social status.
On June 11, President George Weah addressed the nation – two days after the Council of Patriots had read their petition and said they were giving the government a month to meet their demands. The president called for dialogue with civil society groups and political parties. His speech is below.
Despite the tight security around Monrovia on June 7, thousands of Liberians turned out to participate in the Council of Patriots’ much-publicized Save the State protest.
On Sunday, June 9, members of the Council of Patriots, organizers of the Save the State protest, gathered at the headquarters of the All Liberian Party in Old Road to read their petition to the government. Read the full text.
On Friday, June 7, thousands of protesters turned out to participate in the Save the State protest to demand better governance.
Below are photos from the protest.