16 October 2013

Liberia: Liberty Party Slams Sedition Charge

In the wake of recent unfolding political in our country, the attention of the Liberty party has been drawn to the arrest and subsequent detention, by the Government of Liberia, of a number of Liberians from a group calling itself the "Ellen Step Down Campaign" for staging a protest on the day of the arrival of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf following her address to the United Nations General Assembly.

Those arrested were charged with sedition and include Mr. Mulbah Morlu Jr. an executive member of the CDC. Sedition as a law is a remnant of the times of political repression in Liberia and should not be used in our current democratic dispensation.

If we are not to move for forward, neither the government nor its antagonist should revert to tactics proven to be tools of division or oppression.

We believe that too much sacrifice has been made by all Liberians in expanding the democratic space. As such, we must not allow any amount of provocation from any group of Liberians or wrongful actions on the part of the government to undercut the gains we have made in pitting the country on the path of peace and tranquility.

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