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In Protest: Police arrest Ring Leader, Archie Sarnor

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Police at the scene of the protest in Monrovia:  Photo (FrontpageAfrica)
Police at the scene of the protest in Monrovia: Photo (FrontpageAfrica)

(elbcradio.com/Feb. 29, 2016) – Police in Monrovia have arrested a man believed to be the ringleader of angry protestors, Mr. Archie Sarnor at the main entrance of the Temple of Justice Monday morning.

Mr. Sarnor and group besieged the main entrance of the Temple of Justice and demanded the unconditional release of their colleague, Vandalark Patricks. 

Archie and his followers also blocked the road between the Executive Mansion and the Temple of Justice, thus obstructing the free flow of traffic.

The Monday’s protest also led to the disruption of normal classes at the state-run University of Liberia.

According to our reporter, the protestors vowed not to leave the streets unless their colleague Vandalark was released.

The protestors, mainly young people, were chanting slogans; throwing stones at the Police, while others were seen lying on the road.

Mr. Patricks was arrested last week by government and charged with Sedition and Criminal Libel against the President of Liberia.

Prior to his arrest, Mr. Patricks, read a position statement on behalf of a group under the banner, “Consortium of Political Parties and Civil  Society Organizations” on the current state of affairs.

The Police, according to our reporter, have already brought the situation under control.

Meanwhile, the Government of Liberia is warning Liberians against violence as a means of seeking redress to their grievances.

Deputy Information Minister, Isaac Jackson, has condemned the protest, describing it as an attempt to cause instability in the country.

Deputy Minister Jackson said: “Government will not tolerate any form of lawlessness and that the perpetrators will be prosecuted in keeping with the controlling laws of Liberia.”

“People who have grievances must seek redress in court and not in the streets, “he emphasized. 

Recently, Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh, called for political stability when he spoke to reporters at the close of a two-day Cabinet Retreat held in Julay Juah Town in Bomi County.

The Liberian capital, Monrovia, has been the scene of political tensions in recent weeks on a wide range of issues, particularly on national security.

 


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