Youth to Sustain Peace, a local group is cautioning young people in Liberia to refrain from acts of violence that could disrupt peace in the country.
In a news conference it notes the behavior of youth in any country is paramount to growth and development, so Liberia should do everything to stop acts that would spark violence, because it puts a country in harm’s way and endanger citizens’ lives.
In a press statement, Chairman Mark Chea says Youth to Sustain Peace is a conglomeration of pragmatic youth, students and civil society body which quest is to ensure Liberia benefit peace, adequate development thru better leadership and good representation for its citizenry.
“We want to provide our stances on the high wave of violence are unfolding in the country by many young people of our country; we all aware of the incident that took place recently in New Georgia community at the closure of a campaign rally in electoral district 13 that resulted to clash between supporters of the CDC Candidate, and opposition candidate that led to several peaceful citizens injured”, he recounts.
The Liberia National Police refutes reports that one person died on Saturday, November 17, as a result of violence that ensued between supporters of rival political parties that were contesting the Montserrado District#13 by-election, won by Independent Candidate Edward Papay Flomo.
Supporters of the governing Coalition for Democratic Change and the former ruling Unity Party had gathered in the district in large number to officially close their campaign ahead of the November 20 poll.
Police spokesman Moses Carter, in a press statement dated Sunday, November 18, said the situation left three males and one female injured.
Chea recalls another case of violence recently when youth of Caldwell and other communities took the streets, blocking roads in demand of electricity, something he says led to obstruction of peaceful citizen movement including, government operations, cautioning “We believe that this action on the part of young people has the proclivity to derail the peaceful co-existence of the country.”
He says if the CDC-led government under the leadership of President Weah will achieve its goals and aspiration, young people must refrain from all sorts of violence, including protest and instead, venture into things that will move Liberia forward.
By Lewis S. Teh–Editing by Jonathan Browne