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Police spokesman Moses Carter discloses here that some 15 protesters arrested in the streets of Monrovia Thursday would be charged and sent to court.

Organizers of the June 7, 2019 protest under the banner, Council of Patriots mobilized protesters into the streets Thursday despite denial of permit requested from the government thru the Ministry of Justice.

The CoP had earlier written the Ministry, seeking permit to protest after the July 29 by-elections in Montserrado County to demand government’s response to its recent petition.

Among others, the group wants solutions to the dismal performance of the economy characterized by over 20 percent inflation, uncontrollable exchange rate and rise in food prices and other basic commodities.

The CoP also points to widespread corruption and demand the resignation of several officials, including the Ministers of Finance and Development Planning and State for Presidential Affairs, respectively.

Protesters clashed with riot police Thursday while attempting to enter grounds of the Capitol, seat of the Liberian Legislature amid reports of several injuries which were not independently verified or confirmed up to press time.

However, addressing reporters Mr. Carter says the Liberia National Police would not order its officers to shoot at citizens.

Unlike the June7 “Save the State” assembly that drew thousands of citizens in the streets, yesterday’s protesters were about a thousand and was led by Montserrado County District#10 Representative YekehKolubah, and spokesperson Abraham Darius Dillon, candidate of the July 29 senatorial by-election in Montserrado County. Story by Jonathan Browne

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