The Council of Patriots (COP), organizers of the planned June 7 protest are demanding that their petition be received by President George Manneh Weah and not Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, a member of the group, Sen. Oscar Cooper told reporters on Wednesday.
Senator Cooper speaking at the residence of embattled Montserrado District #10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah at the Old Road, Sinkor, where the Government of Liberia was executing a Writ of Search and Seizure for firearms said the COP has resolved not to present their petition to anyone other than President Weah, insisting that no matter how long it would take them to interface with the President for the purpose of presenting their petition they will wait.
“No one and not even Vice President Taylor will we give our petition except President Weah; and if the president travels for one year, the protesters will be in the streets for that year until he returns to the country, Senator Cooper disclosed.”
His statement comes in the wake of reports that President Weah has designated Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor to receive the protest of the COP on June 7, 2019.
Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe during an interview on a local radio announced that government has designated Vice President Howard Taylor to receive the petition from the Council of Patriots on the day of protest, June 7, 2019.
For his part, the Chairman of the four collaborating parties, Benoni Urey, said the pending June 7 protest will not only get the participation the of COP, but other sectors of the Liberian society including the market women, the students amongst others. This, he said is because the protest has graduated from the level Council of Patriots and turns out to be a people-based protest at the end of which the people of Liberia through the different sectors of the society are will be presenting their various grievances to the government
“But we want to assure the people of Liberia that they should come out on June 7 and no one will be harmed or be endangered.”
The Chairman of the four Opposition Collaborating Parties maintained that no one will be harmed because ECOWAS, AU, EU, UN, and other international observers will be monitoring the gathering, and that he, Mr. Urey, Senator Cooper, Senator Natahn and other senior members of the opposition parties will be part of the protest.
Another member of the Council of Patriots and Unity Party Chairman, Mr. Wilmot Paye, who phoned in on a local Talk-Show on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, said whether Vice President Jewel Howard is designated to receive the petition from the Council of Patriots or not, they will be willing to present it, with is a sharp contrast to the assertion by Senator Cooper the COP will only give its petition to President Weah and no one else.