The Grand Kru County Sectional Heads, comprising Chiefs of the Twelve (12) Traditional Communities residing in Monrovia and its environs, the Legislative Caucus, County Administration and Grand Kru County Youths and Student Union (GKUSU) have condemned the planned mass protest organized by a group under the banner, “Council of Patriots (COP)”.
The Chairman of the Grand Kru Legislative caucus, Senator Peter Coleman on behalf of the citizens of the county have disclosed that the people of Grand Kru County have overwhelmingly agreed not to form part of the protest.
In a Press Statement read on May 29, 2019 on Capitol Hill, Senator Coleman noted they (Grand Kru Citizens) have observed the historicity of political demonstration in the country in most cases ends in violence.
Specifically, he mentioned the April 14, 1979 Riot in Monrovia which turned chaotic, resulting into a terrible calamity.
The Grand Kru County Legislative Caucus Chair at the same time indicated that, the Citizens of Grand Kru made the decision on Sunday, May 26, 2019 during an Emergency Meeting held in the Township of West Point, Montserrado County.
In addition, Senator Coleman revealed that the citizens also reaffirmed said position during another meeting on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 on Capitol Hill.
In the Press statement, the Grand Kru citizens hailed the efforts of Government headed by His Excellency, President George Manneh Weah to improve the economy and restore basic services including rehabilitation, opening of new roads across the Nation’s capital and keeping every region of the Country connected as was promised.
The Grand Kru County Legislative Caucus, County Administration, Chiefs of the Twelve Traditional Sections, Youths and Grand Kru County University Students Union (GKUSU) used the occasion to called on the Government of Liberia and the organizers of the Protest Action to enter into a dialogue which will result to avoiding the staging of the June 7, 2019 Protest.
The latest statement from citizens of Grand Kru follows calls from many quarters, including the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), the Liberian Students Union, and the Liberian Chapter of the Mano River Youths Parliament for the protesters to dialogue with government instead of street protests in the interest of the Country.
The Council of Patriots are group of aggrieved Liberians who have threatened a mass protest in Monrovia beginning June 7 aimed drawing the attention of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led government on the bad state of the Liberian economy amongst others.