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‘December 17 rally unstoppable’ 

–CPP insists

The opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) says no degree of threats and intimidation by alleged government-sponsored thugs will stop the December 17 peaceful rally.

The statement by the opposition bloc on Tuesday, 6 December 2022, came hours after a group believed to be sympathetic to the Weah regime assembled outside a local radio station to attack Amb. Lewis Brown, the chairman of Alexander B. Cummings’ presidential team, during a night-time radio appearance.

Amb. Brown is one of the vocal persons behind the planned CPP rally which is due to assemble participants outside the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville on 17 December.

He said the rally is intended for the suffering masses and those injured by the alleged failure and inept administration of President George Manneh Weah.

The former Information Minister insists that Liberians will use the rally to amplify their demands for good governance and to end the worsening economic conditions in the country.

The one-time Liberian Permanent Representative to the United Nations has come under a heap of attacks and criticisms by public officials since he announced the planned peaceful rally here.

In its release, the CPP alleged that a group of government-sponsored thugs, under the command of Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee, on Monday night, 5 December, launched a fierce attack on and stoned the vehicle of Amb. Brown.

The CPP said this incident occurred while Amb. Brown was leaving a radio station that hosted him on Capitol Bypass in Monrovia.

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But addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Amb. Brown said he is not perturbed by the attacks and acts of gangsterism by youths, whom he said are being misused and abused by public officials.

He accused public officials of using the young people to attain their failed agenda of threats and intimidation against politicians and citizens opposed to bad governance, corruption, and wasteful spending of public resources.

He said the December 17 planned peaceful rally goes beyond Political Parties and involves civil society, interest groups, religious groups, as well as ordinary Liberians disappointed and affected by the poor performance of the Weah administration.

He argued that the December 17 planned peaceful rally is a platform created by the CPP for Liberians to vent their frustration and dissatisfaction against the deteriorating economic conditions and extreme poverty in Liberia.

“If you are enjoying, stay home. If you like the poor state of affairs, stay home. If you [are] scared, stay home. But if you are suffering and bearing more than you can carry, then the planned December 17 Peaceful rally is for you,” Amb. Brown said.

He called on all Liberians irrespective of political affiliations, to attend the rally.

The organizing Committee assured Liberians that the December 17 rally will be peaceful and that the police are duty-bound by law to ensure maximum protection for their citizens.

“The Organizing Committee has met all basic requirements including a formal letter to the Minister of Justice and payment to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to use outside of the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville for the planned peaceful rally,” the Committee said.

Amb. Brown noted that what obtained on July 26, when peaceful citizens were attacked and brutalized by Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) thugs while protesting before the U.S. Embassy near Monrovia will never be repeated, as any attempt at such acts of gangsterism will be repelled.

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The New Dawn is Liberia’s Truly Independent Newspaper Published by Searchlight Communications Inc. Established on November 16, 2009, with its first hard copy publication on January 22, 2010. The office is located on UN Drive in Monrovia Liberia. The New Dawn is bilingual (both English & French).
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