22 April 2013

Liberia: April 12 - 'Battle Yet To Come,' Says D. Karn Carlos

The memorable April 12 has come and gone, but its seething chills remained indelible to date, and one person who, perhaps, seemed overwhelmed by the unsavory characteristics of that day thinks it is not yet over.

Restrospecting on current drive of Liberia's democracy and the historicity of the day itself with emphasis on the achievements and challenges of the "revolution," D. Karn Carlos, a diehard April 14 and April 12 insider warned that the battle for this country is yet to come since the values and aspirations of the ruling class are not different from the people they represent. The April 12 revolution targeted and decimated a government of so-called Congo dominated Liberians, who the indigenous claimed isolated them from the resources and decision-making of the country.

In a keynote address to cross-section of students of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) at the weekend, Mr. Carlos, presently a Consultant of the Governance Commission said since people who ruled the country years back children were not in the country to learn, it was is incumbent on students of today to study their lessons to be able to face tomorrow's challenges because the intellectual battle is about to come.

Carlos presided over the 1979 demonstration as National Coordinator.

"Do not allow people to use excuses for what they will not do; the battle for this country is yet to come", Mr. Carlos said.

He noted that an educated society knows where it has come from, where it is and where it is headed, adding "the people cannot be taken off track especially when it comes to development in actual sense."

"Liberian students must look for the opportunity to improve themselves especially in providing self-guidance and discipline."

According to him, what prompted the demonstration stemmed from the fact that in the past politics was directly linked to the ownership of property (real estate) and if your people were not part of the elite then it was virtually impossible form part of the society.

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