Government Frowns on COP

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The Government of Liberia has frowned on the unwillingness of the Council of Patriots (COP) to present its petition after requesting the Government to appear and receive it.

COP protest on Friday, June 7, 2019, came to an end without the presentation of their petition after the protesters demanded the release of five of their colleagues currently in Police custody.

But the Government of Liberia represented by Justice Minister Cllr. Frank Musa Dean and Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar Milton Finley refused to address the request of the protesters, a situation that prompted their immediate exit from the grounds of Capitol Building.

The Government of Liberia through a release from the Ministry of Information, regards the demand as “an attempt to undermine the rule of law.”

The accused, according to the release have been charged and awaiting appearance in court represented by their lawyer.

“The government reiterates its commitment to the precepts and tenets of democracy and will continue to ensure that all citizens are protected under the law. The government also commends the police and other members of the security apparatus for their professionalism during Friday’s activities by the COP,” the release said.

The government also expressed gratitude to members of the international community, including ECOWAS, the UN and the AU, for their efforts in promoting peace and security in the country.

COP is expected to address a major press conference on Sunday, June 9, to announce their next plan of action after the June 7 protest ended in a deadlock.

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