Despite efforts by the Liberia National Police and other security apparatus to dissuade a group of Liberian entrepreneurs from abandoning a planned protest, the aggrieved business owners say they will carry on the protest as planned.
State security officials are citing security risk as a basis to ditch the idea of holding the protests in Monrovia.
The planned protest comes on the eve of the start of voter registration for the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.
The protest action organized by the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL in the demand of the reduction of the high rate of exchange between the United States Dollars and the Liberian Dollars has gained ground in Monrovia and its environs as businesses have closed, while commuters’ bid to move about their normal businesses has been seized as a result of the protest action.
The entire city of Monrovia has been locked down with the suspension of normal businesses as members of the PATEL trooped on Capitol Hill to submit their petition to the Liberian lawmakers on what they called Tattered Liberian Economy; with the continue increment of the exchange rate between the United States Dollars and the Liberian Dollars which currently stands at 1USD to 115LD.
Monrovia, Africa’s oldest capital city has been locked up with no semblance of business activities taken place as a result of the planned three days protest action by the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL in demand of the reduction of the high rate of exchange between the United States Dollars and the Liberian Dollars.
“This is the first time for the City of Monrovia to be knocked down like this; all the stores and other business centers including supermarkets have been closed as a result of this protest. The Liberian Government must see reason to address the plight of its citizens,” words of David Daniels a residents of Monrovia speaking to our reporter noted.
As Liberians patiently wait for the expiration of this day, organizers of this protest have announced that it will continue for additional two days, if the Government fails to address their demands in handling the issue of the exchange rate between the United States Dollars and the Liberian Dollars.