CDC, Gov’t in Standoff - Monrovians Sit on Edge
The Government of Liberia and the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) seem to be headed for a standoff over the latter’s plan to hold a Memorial Day service tomorrow November 7 in memory of a fallen CDCian.
The partisan lost his life November 7, 2011 during a riot with officers of the Liberian National Police. Despite a Justice Ministry’s request for the party to cancel the planned Memorial Day National Chair George Solo has insisted that the event will go ahead tomorrow.
Solo said during the service, political statements will be made to show that the governing Unity Party has terribly failed the people of Liberia. He said despite the government’s warning, the party is even more prepared and determined to stage the memorial service.
It can be recalled that the CDC through its national executive committee wrote the Justice Ministry recently, informing the authorities about the event, which many residents here are apprehensive of that it lead to violence like the November 7, 2011 riot with the police that left hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of properties destroyed.
The Justice Ministry through Deputy Minister Benedict Sanor has informed the CDC to obtain a permit for the memorial service, something the party has strongly rejected.
Speaking during a news conference Monday at the CDC’s headquarters in Monrovia, Chairman George Solo in a rather erratic tone said the party will not abide by the warning from the Justice Ministry.
“This is totally stupidity and disgraceful for the Justice Minister, Christina Tah to write such nonsense under the seal of our dear country. Any attempt to stop us, it will not be easy,” Solo threatened.
Though, he did not detailed what he meant by ‘not being easy’ but added that Minister Tah is not more Liberian nor Monrovian then CDCains and the government should treat the Congress for Democratic Change with little respect, bearing in mind that gone are those days of jungle justice, and Liberia is no longer a police state where an individual can decide the fate of others.
“I defy Christina Tah to stop this memorial service; her police force killed our brothers and sisters and we as a party want to memorialize the death in the cause of the party and they are telling us we cannot hold our service in our party’s headquarters? She must be joking because nothing will stop partisans of the CDC from gathering at our headquarters,” he insisted.