….Cancels July 24 Protest
Barely 24 hours after the United States Embassy in Liberia through its Ambassador Christine Elder issued a statement criticizing the Council of Patriots (COP) decision to stage another protest beginning July 24, 2019, the group has now shifted its planned protest to July 31, 2019.
Addressing a news conference Friday, July 19, 2019, in Monrovia, the Chairman of COP, Henry Pedro Costa, said his group is shifting its planned July 24 “Save the State” protest date, out of respect, for the United States Government.
Costa said following a meeting to discuss the US Embassy statement after its issuance on Thursday, July 18, 2019, they resolved to cancel the protest as earlier planned and rescheduled it for July 31, 2019.
Flanked by some hierarchies of his COP, the talk show host said COP acknowledged in good faith Ambassador Elder’s Press Statement.
“So, the COP has decided that out of respect for the treasured traditional and historical ties enjoyed between our two countries.
What the U.S. Government and its people have done and continue to do for our country and how the Americans have always championed human rights, democracy, even in our disagreements, the Americans have always been there with us. Whenever a Liberian man stumps his toes and falls, he shouts ‘America’.
Whenever there is trouble, he shouts ‘America’. So because of that we have to respect what they have said. Because of that, we have decided to move the protest from July 24th to July 31st,” Costa, who was joined at the press conference by Mr. Abraham Darius Dillon, Rep. Yekeh Kolubah and other COP members, announced.
He, however, said the July 31 protest will be a nationwide protest as earlier announced.
In her statement, the US diplomat questioned the planned protest, saying “the intent to do so during the week of July 22 is misplaced.”
Amb. Elder however, acknowledged in her statement that it was the right of Liberians to protest in accordance with the law.
“The U.S. Embassy read with interest the statement of the Council of Patriots (COP) issued July 12 announcing their intent to stage a nationwide protest beginning July 24.
While the U.S. Embassy supports the rights of citizens to lawfully apply to assemble or convey their views to elected officials, the intent to do so during the week of July 22 is misplaced. We commend the peaceful conduct of thousands of protestors who by their actions on June 7 conveyed they are interested in progress and national dialogue over aggression or demands.”