Forest Rangers here have arrested two protestors carrying knives during a protest at the Forestry Development Authority in Paynesville outside Monrovia.
The two protestors, both males, were among a group of aggrieved citizens from Grand Bassa County who had converged on the FDA Head Office in Paynesville outside Monrovia to demand the resignation of the head for community forest in Grand Bassa, Madam Getrude Karvayan.
They were apprehended with the harp objects, while attempting to enter the conference hall of the FDA, where the leadership of the protesting Bassa citizens had been invited by the Management to dialogue on their grievances.
Rangers immediately handcuffed the men and turned them over along with the knives to the Managing Director of the FDA, C. Mike Doryen and his officials, including the leadership of the protestors.
One of the individual is about 40, while the other is about 20. According to them, they decided traveling with the knives because of the time they left their residences to join their colleagues at the FDA compound for the protest demonstration.
According to them, they had gone with no negative intention of harming anyone, describing their arrest as very unfortunate.
However, while standing in the crowd, one the guys broke down in tears, begging the FDA authorities, who were already seated in the conference hall with the protestors, for mercy.
Managing Director C. Mike Doryen pardoned them, but strongly warned them not to ever repeat such behavior, as a reoccurrence could warrant prosecution.
The knives were subsequently confiscated by the forest rangers, who took them out of the conference hall where discussion between the FDA Management and the protestors had been scheduled.
By Emmanuel Mondaye –Editing by Jonathan Browne