UMHRM Condemns Violence Against Opposition Politicians

by The People News

The United Methodist Human Rights Monitor has strongly condemned the violence by some youths who prevented opposition politicians from holding meeting in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.

On Thursday, the Chairman of the Collaborating Political Parties, Alexander Cummings and Montserrado County District no.10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah were besieged by hundreds of youths believed to be aggrieved partisans of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change protesting against insults usually used against President George Weah by the lawmaker.

Speaking in an interview, the monitor’s Program Director, Jefferson Knight, called on the Justice Ministry to immediately launch an investigation into the incident and bring the culprits to justice.

“There is nowhere in Liberia that certain people are restricted to visit simply because of their political orientation and nobody has the rights to deny others the freedom of movement because Liberia is for every citizen,” he told reporters.

Mr. Knight described the Zredru violence as “undemocratic, devilish and a ploy to return Liberia to dark days where freedom of movement was restricted.”

He said the incidents aimed at bringing violence in the country does not have a space in Liberia’s body politics and as such, the government should not allow this incident go unpunished.

Mr. Knight also warned against plan to revenge against politicians who are hoping to visit other parts of the country because these acts of preventing politicians free access to movement has the propensity to derail the peace prevailing in Liberia.

The United Methodist Human Rights Monitor Program Director is therefore calling on officers of the joint security to be proactive in order to avoid the re-occurrence of the Zwedru incident.

“We will not tolerate this act of lawlessness at the time and age of the country,” he said; adding: “we are documenting all of the acts of violence that have the propensity of creating trouble and we will forward them to international partners for accountability. “

Mr. Knight also warned others who are planning to disturb others’ visit to parts of the country in the name of retaliating to desist because it will not august well for our democracy.

He said the Liberian Constitution gives every citizen the right to move freely regardless of political affiliation, tribe and religious background.

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