Monrovia-The Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice was a scene of another protest action by some angry students from the University of Liberia when 11 persons appeared on several charges including sedition.
The 11 persons were arrested by the Liberia National Police (LNP) and charged with criminal conspiracy, sedition and criminal malevolence during last Wednesday's arrival of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from the United States.
The arrest of the 11 defendants comes in the wake of an announcement made by some Liberians ahead of the president's arrival to demonstrate and ask her to resign because her government is corrupt.
Among those arrested was a member of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Mulbah K. Morlu and several others namely Bah Wah-Brownell, William Knowlden, Julius Jaesan, and Bobby Johnson.
Others are Varney Fofana, Alex Cole, Solomon Reeves, Alex Williams, Mulbah Barvoh and Mamadu Bah.
According to the Liberia National Police on October 7th the defendants without justifiable reasons or permission conspired and took to the streets and began to chant slogan: "The president should step down, because she is corrupt, Liberians should mourn the return of the black Hitler (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf)."
"They beat me and put tear gas in my eyes and tore all my clothes from on me. Now they want me to put clothes on when I don't have any," said Bah- Wah Brownell, one of the UL detained student.
Appearing only in a pair of strappy boxer shorts, before the Magisterial Court in Monrovia, Brownell sat on the prisoner bench with his colleges awaiting the court proceedings.
The government of Liberia has arrested the 11 persons who and charged them with sedition a second-degree felony and a guilty verdict means spending you up to five years in jail.
"I was one of those who campaigned for President Sirleaf to come to power but I never had the slightest idea that this could happen under her regime. This is a clear demonstration of Madam Sirleaf's lack of will to build a democratic society," said Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, lawyers for the accused.
Cllr. Gongloe said the action of the government has a chilling effect on free speech and it clearly intends to block a democratic society.
"This is an early warning sign for another conflict. Too many things are happening under President Sirleaf that shows a clear sign for conflict," he said.
"I was the first to call on the president to resign for her in consistency in what she says and do", Says Gongloe.
"What record is she trying to set? That is a risky factor because this is the president that is praised around the world and has won many awards including the Ghandi's award which I think she is undermining because the Ghandi award says 'Be the change that you want the world to be.' She must be a leader by example."
Opposition politician Simeon Freeman expressed dismay over the arrest and said Liberia instead of progressing politically is deteriorating into a rogue state.
"They were exercising their constitutional right. The Country has been mortgage to foreign businesses; they are unhappy that over 63 years Liberia has been mortgage to several companies and Liberians are not benefiting, "he said.
"They asked for the president to step down and give peace a chance; they were arrested. Liberians must remember that this President when Gadaffi people rose up against him, she said unconditionally step down, to demonstrate that, she broke links with the Libya government."
"I have a photo of this same president holding banner in New York against president Tolbert, and now she is jailing people for doing what she did years back."
The 11 were released on bail and are expected to appear in court on Monday.