Thousands of Liberians demonstrated in the streets of the capital, Monrovia, on Friday June 8th to denounce the corruption and economic decline that many blame on their president, George Weah.
On the contrary of the wild celebrations that welcomed Weah’s victory in 2017, crowds of protestors bearing signs calling Weah a “traitor” amassed near the president’s official residence.
Anti-Weah protestors chanted slogans that decry economy brought to a standstill which inflates poverty and expressed their outrage against the country loss of $100 million in afresh printed bank notes designated for the central bank.
“Weah is not governing our state the right way,” said Ishmael Hassan, who voted for Weah in 2017 but has since become disillusioned. “The economic situation in our country is going down the drain.”
Liberia’s economy was hit hard by a 2014-16 Ebola outbreak that killed thousands, low prices for its chief exports, iron ore and rubber, and declining foreign aid.
A petition distributed by the protest’s organizers on Friday blamed the administration of wasting public funds, violating press freedoms, and failing to adequately fund health and education programs.
The petition accuses Weah himself of building “scores of luxury homes” after he declined to publicly announce his assets.
“I supported this government, but the way things are going, we want to save the state,” said protestor Bob Blue.