The NEWS (Monrovia)

8 November 2012

Liberia: CDC Holds Peaceful 'Memorial Day'

The much publicized 'memorial day' celebration of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of soccer legend George Weah was yesterday held in Monrovia under peaceful atmosphere.

The CDC recently announced a memorial day for its partisans who were reportedly killed by officers of the Liberia National Police's Emergency Response Unit (ERU) in November 2011.

The CDC had announced a boycott of a run-off election between the party and the ruling Unity Party (UP) of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on November 8, 2011.

Its partisans had gathered at their party headquarters in Sinkor on the eve of the controversial run-off elections on November 7, for a planned parade on November 8, 2011.

The CDC partisans reportedly clashed with state security forces, a riot in which the party claimed three of their members were killed by ERU officers. However, only one person government claimed was said to have been killed during the riot.

The announcement of the 'Memorial Day' celebration in Monrovia was greeted with controversies, with the Government warning the party not to take to the streets without a permit from the Ministry of Justice.

However, following meetings between the Government and the leadership of the CDC, the government allowed the party to proceed with its memorial day celebration with caution.

The government gave the party the 'green light' for their program, but warned the leadership to take responsibility of whatever would have erupted as result of their program.

Meanwhile, partisans of the CDC Wednesday peacefully gathered at their party headquarters in commemoration of the lust of their partisans.

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