Council Of Patriots Meeting With President Weah Ends In Deadlock
Organizers of the June 7 ‘Save the State’ protest in Liberia has refused to present their grievances to President George Weah yesterday during a roundtable meeting held at the Foreign Affairs.
The Protesters are demanding immediate economic reforms aimed at alleviating the cost of living on ordinary citizens, tackle the issues of corruption, waste, and abuse as well as dismissed Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah and some officials they say are involved with corruption.
Talks between the Council of Patriots, organizers of the June 7 protest, and the government ended in a deadlock on Tuesday as representative of the COP refuse to list their demands in the presence of the United Nation, AU, ECOWAS and the religious community.
The meeting was an opportunity for the protest-organizers to present their concerns about the betterment of the country –such as job creations, economic stability as well as the fight against corruption among others.
Darius Dillon the Council of Patriots’ spokesperson said issues outlined in their petition will be presented to the government of Liberia on June 7 during the protest day. He said the government should respect their right to demonstrate peacefully on June 7
President Weah expressed disappointment that the council has chosen protest over dialogue and said semblance of instability is not good for the country.
For his part, UN Resident Coordinator Yacoub El Hillo called on George Weah’s government to allow the protest. He added that the Constitution of Liberia clearly provides a space for citizens to petition their government and voice their opinions and disagreements.