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Prez Sirleaf strongly condemns Butaw violence

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(elbcradio.com/May 28, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has condemned Tuesday’s violence by youths in Butaw, Sinoe County.

President Johnson-Sirleaf emphasized: “Government will not allow a few individuals undermine national efforts aimed at uplifting the livelihood of citizens, by scaring away investors from the country.”

“We cannot allow this to happen,” President Sirleaf said in an interview with reporters at the Roberts International Airport, shortly upon returning home from Abidjan, La Cote D’Ivore.

She also said: “A few persons cannot undermine the interest of the millions of job seekers in this country, people who want to be save and want to ensure that this country progresses.”

“All of us should stand against that, because it takes away from you and your livelihood, and your success and your training,” the President noted S in a harsh tone.

Angry young people ransacked Golden Veroleum-Liberia offices in Butaw Tuesday, May 26, 2015 injured a government official and destroyed millions of US Dollar worth of property belonging to the company.

The incident coincided with the visit of the company’s senior executive from Indonesia.
The company’s senior executive was in the country at the invitation  of Vice President, Joseph Boakai.

The Liberian Leader said: “To the extent that the company’s executive immediately returned to Indonesia as a result of the violence, is disturbing.”
She said government will convene a meeting on the matter and respond effectively.

Fourteen persons, earlier arrested, are being investigated in connection with the Butaw riot.
Calm has since returned to Butaw, following the deployment of the Police Support (PSU) and Emergency Response Unit (ERU).

 


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