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Former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Thursday morning joined the anti-rape march to demonstrate her solidarity against rape.

Women and other civil society groupings under the banner Affiliation of Women and Child Rights Advocates have been demonstrating here for the past three days against the rising rate of rape in the country.

The protesters had gathered on the open field opposite the former president’s residence, where speeches are expected to be delivered.

President Sirleaf walked through the crowd amid chants “our ma here, our pa raping.”

The group had planned to besiege the home of President George Weah today to present their petition.

This followed two previous unsuccessful attempts by the protesters to meet President Weah at his temporary office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill to present their petition against rampant rape and sexual and gender based violence across the country.

Carrying placards that read, “Say No to Rape” and “GOL Must Take Action”, among others, the protesters took the main route leading to the city center, demanding to see the President to present to him their petition, but Mr. Weah failed to show up as in the previous day.

Instead, Liberia’s Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah, who went on the scene to perhaps receive the petition on behalf of President Weah, was booed and turned away, as protesters, in their thousands, insisted on seeing Mr. Weah himself.

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