The Analyst (Monrovia)

20 February 2013

Liberia: LNP Rejects Chambers' Claims

The Liberia National Police has described as false and misleading news of unilateral arrest of peaceful protestors in Pleebo Sodoken District, Maryland County, as claimed by Maryland County, Representative Dr. Bhofer Chambers.

The Police said the statement attributed to Representative Chambers, that his people were being "flogged and illegally arrested by personnel of the Emergency Response Unit, of the Liberia National Police", lacks ever iota of truth, and is intended to blackmail the Liberia National Police and at the same time divert the public attention from the real issues unfolding in the district.

The police said the involvement of its Emergency Response Unit was predicated upon the violent nature of the demonstration, and is dismayed that Representative Chambers will deliberately accuse the police of wrong doing, when in fact; personnel of the company and properties were under threat by the people he claimed were peaceful protestors.

The police statement said, while it will not violate the constitutional rights of people to protest, such protest must be done within the confines of the laws.

An LNP release stressed that the Liberia National Police was under both moral and legal obligations to restore peace and sanity in the concession area that was under attack by violent protestors.

The LNP maintains that it will not encourage any form of industrial disharmony at any concession site in the country, and is therefore warning those who are in the constant habit of inciting and taking the laws into their own hands to desist, and address their grievances to the relevant government Ministries and Agencies as the police will not hesitate to drastically deal with anyone or group of individuals who may want to take the laws into their own hands.

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