COP Member Clarifies Report

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A member of the Council of Patriots representing Civil Society, Ambassador Rufus Newville, has dismissed report that the intent of the June 7 protest is to demand the resignation of President George Weah.

Ambassador Neufville also dismissed report that the Council of Patriots intends to plunge the country into war.

The clarification is in response to mounting fears in some quarters that the protesters want to ask the President to step-down.

Rufus Newville maintained that the June 7 ‘Save the State Protest’ is simply aimed at drawing the government’s attention to what they see as the worsening state of the economy and bad governance among others and to take steps to correct them.

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He said the exact demands of the Council of Patriots are been finalized ahead of Friday’s protest march.

At the same time, Ambassador Neufville has also distanced the group from a statement by Representative Yekeh Kolubah that a notorious ex-fighter known as K-1 has been recruited by the government ahead of the June 7 protest in case of any eventuality.

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Rufus Neufville said such a pronouncement will incite fear in those intending to join the protest and create the impression that Liberians were at war with themselves.

According to him, the Council of Patriots is not a rebel group or a bunch of militias, but a team of conscious-mined Liberians who want to assemble peaceably to petition their government.

The ex-Liberian Chief of Protocol further clarified that on the day of the protest any high profile government official may receive the petition and not necessarily President George Weah himself as earlier suggested by Representative Yekeh Kolubah and others.

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Meanwhile, Ambassador Neufville has clarified that the June 7 protest will last only for a day once their petition is presented and received by the government.

Rufus Neufville himself, a former lawmaker also called on the District #10 Lawmaker Yekeh Kolubah to stop spreading misinformation about the June 7 protest as he is not the official spokesperson of the Council of Patriots.

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