14 July 2014

Liberia: The Attack Against Arcelormittal Unacceptable!


We join our many fellow Liberians in categorically condemning the recent violence against the ArcelorMittal Mining Company.

It could be recalled that recently, some Liberians in Nimba County attacked ArcelorMittal, held several of the company's employees hostage and went on the rampage, destroying millions of dollars property of the company.

The rioters claimed that the company is not living up to its social responsibility enshrined in the Mineral Development Agreement(MDA) signed with the Government of Liberia(GOL), something that necessitated their violent action.

We consider the violent act by the rioters as unacceptable, uncivilized and barbaric.

Their act is unsupportive, as it has the proclivity to cause problems not only for Nimba County but for all Liberians.

While we acknowledge that the rioters had some genuine concerns, the violent path they took in addressing their concerns was completely wrong.

We encourage the government to leave no stone unturned in bringing to justice all those involved in the act so as to serve as a deterrence for others who may want to engage in such an undeserved act.

We had persistently advised that it is not good to use the violent approach in addressing whatever grievances we may have. Instead, it is always good to use the peaceful approach.

Every Liberian has a duty to keep the country safe-if this country is unsafe none of us will be safe. This is why we must always shun violence for the enhancement of our beloved country, which underwent over decade of bloody civil war which that shattered and we now fighting to rebuild.


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