Dark days for Liberian! -As GOL Flog Anti-Rape Protesters

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Officers of the Joint Security maltreated peaceful anti-rape protesters who had gathered at Fish Market on Thursday, August 27, 2020 in continuation of their three days protest for Justice.

Riot police officers were seen dragging women who had gone to form part of Thursday’s protest while at the same time chasing some of them into communities within the Sinkor area where they had gone to seek refuge. 

The women and children were tear-gassed and beaten as well as several others arrested and currently held under detention at the police headquarters. Liberian President  George Weah  has tagged himself as Feminist In-Chief.  . 

This is sick, appalling, and a big shame on the Weah-led administration, Laymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Winner stated in her face book page post on Thursday. She continued; “to teargas and use violence on a peaceful gathering led by women against a pandemic is beyond unimaginable.

Madam Gbowee further wrote; “I call out minister Piso Saydee Tarr. Shame on you! Your job demands that you protect the most vulnerable population of Liberia, but you have chosen to align with your political God father.

The Peace Prize Winner   wrote;  “to say I am mad would be putting it mildly. I am angry, infuriated, boiling inside; if you had done your job void of politics we won’t be where we find ourselves.”

Another Activist, Faith Kamara condemned the action of the joint security. According to her, the brutality being perpetrated by state security against some unarmed and peaceful protesters, especially females is totally unacceptable.

“When you think that we are miles ahead, suddenly, it appears we are even further away from our destination as a country. This should not be happening, especially around an issue as sensitive and inhuman as rape. Where is the solidarity needed from all against this menace? This is totally unacceptable,” she noted.

Subsequently, Right Advocate, Kimmie Weeks wrote on his face-book page terming the order and directive to the police to arrest people protesting against this widespread culture of rape as unfortunate.

Weeks indicated that the protesters are not against government, but an ill in society noting “it is not about being pro government or anti government, but against rape.”

He mentioned that the action by state security to arrest those speaking against the act sends the wrong message to would be rapist that society so endorses what they are doing.

Weeks said; “if our young women and men have to face riot police when they peacefully assemble against something as horrendous as rape, then we have reached a new low as a nation.”

Meanwhile; police spokesman Moses Carter dismissed the information.

Police officer getting a female protestor off the ground

According to him, those arrested during the protest were as the result of obstructing law enforcement as well as going against the law of the country. He did not elaborate.

Though he expressed regret for those who got wounded  as the result of the Thursday’s incident, Carter noted that cannot in no way prevent violators from been arrested to account for their action.

“If you hinder law enforcement, you will be arrested no matter who or where you run,” Carter said. 

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Alphonso has  been in the profession for over twenty years. He has worked for many international media outlets including: West Africa Magazine, Africa Week Magazine, African Observer and did occasional reporting for CNN, BBC World Service, Sunday Times, NPR, Radio Deutchewells, Radio Netherlands. He is the current correspondent for Reuters. Mr. Toweh holds first MA with honors in International Relations and a candidate for second master in International Peace studies and Conflict Resolution.
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