Reports from Margibi County say riot officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have allegedly shot at protesters during an encounter on Monday, 24 June, with claims of one fatality and several severely wounded.Police allegedly used live bullets that reportedly resulted to one 18 years old boy being killed, while two other victims got shot in the legs.
Police spokesman Moses Carter could not be reached for comment as his mobile was switched off, but local radio stations quote the police spokesman as saying would respond subsequently.
This paper gathers that live bullets were allegedly fired at protesters near the Fifteen Gate Community along the Monrovia-Kakata highway, leaving one dead, while several were allegedly injured.
Later on Monday the United States Embassy near Monrovia issued a warning to all American citizens here to avoid the Monrovia-Kakata highway for safety sake.
“A demonstration is taking place today, Monday, June 24, 2019, near the Fifteen Gate community on the Monrovia-Kakata highway. Protesters are calling for justice in the alleged murder of two children some weeks ago. The protesters have reportedly blocked the Monrovia-Ganta Highway at Kingsville #7, which is one mile from the Fifteen Gate community,” the U.S. Embassy says.
“There are reports of persons injured by gunfire, including reports of one fatality,” the US Embassy notes.The statement further warns that “U.S. government personnel including Peace Corps Volunteers and staff have been advised to avoid the area.”
The Embassy advises all U.S. citizens to avoid the area of the demonstration and to monitor local media to remain informed of developments as they occur.
The embassy says it will issue additional alerts if there are changes to the list of recommended actions.
The incident reportedly occurred when angry residents from the Kingsville #7 gathered in mass at the early morning hours, demanding justice in the alleged murder of two children, who had gone missing.
Accordingly, the kids were later found dead with some body parts missing, a situation that provoked angry residents to block the road, denying free flow of vehicles in and out of Monrovia.
According to some protesters, after they have blocked the main road during the morning hours, officers of the Liberia National Police arrived at the scene and cleared the roadblock.
But the protesters later reconstructed the roadblock. It was at this point that officers allegedly began to run after protesters, allegedly opening fire against the fleeing protesters.
By Ben P. Wesee–Edited by Winston W. Parley