Liberia: Thousands Protest Price Hikes and Corruption, Internet Restricted

Thousands of people protesting the rising cost of living and corruption in Liberia took to the streets of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, on Friday, June 7.

About 10,000 people took part in the demonstration, according to organizers, while a police official put the turnout at around 4,000.

Protesters carried signs saying: “We are tired of suffering” and “We want better living conditions.”

Security forces blocked most roads leading to parliament, where protesters planned to gather.

The internet monitoring organization, NetBlocks, said that Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp were not working. Restrictions impacted mobile internet provider Orange Liberia and internet provider Lonestar, but the cut-off didn’t impact all providers.

The protesters are also demanding the establishment of a war crimes court to prosecute people responsible for atrocities carried out during Liberia’s civil wars.

 

 

Photo: “West Point Monrovia” by Mark Fischer is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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