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Is There Any Cause to Protest On June 7 in Liberia? An Assessment of the Impacts and Consequences of Protests Around Africa – FrontPageAfrica

A francophone thinker, Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his social contract principle revealed that: “Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains; people who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little”. The idea of a “social contract” in common terms signifies that individuals surrender some of their rights to some type of authority – a government in trade for social order and political participatory, financial, social, and political security and inclusiveness. In the curiosity of lasting peace and stability for the state and its peace loving individuals, President George Weah’s administration and organizers of the June 7 protest should dialogue, which is a approach of exploring the roots of the many crises that face humanity immediately. It allows inquiry into, and understanding of, the types of processes that fragment and intrude with actual communication.


By Josephus Moses Gray, [email protected], Contributing Writer


This text, among different issues, examined and critically reflects on the wave of protests that is associated with the unfold of democracy across the globe, and protest once more financial, political and social injustices. It goes additional to catalog the main protests that occurred on the African continent in current time and additionally remind the Liberian populace that each one human beings are born free and equal in dignity and privileges. They are endowed with causes and consciences, and should act in the direction of one another in the spirit of unanimity, toleration of opinions of essential and restrained voices of each opposition and government.

But the question: Is there any cause to protest on June 7 in Liberia? What are the reasons for such deliberate protest throughout the nation considering the incontrovertible fact that protests are interpreted and carried out in alternative ways?   Another query is: Beneath what primarily contexts- is the much publicized 7 protest is being triggered? Is it towards financial considerations that squally bordered on the livelihood of the atypical plenty or political selections or by transnational points which are unknown, or the mixture of all?

Amidst ongoing political disunity in the nation, there are urgent essential parts that the nation need to concentrate on in order to move ahead and supply higher alternatives for the survival of all Liberians, and not to invent circumstances which have the potential to create more division in the country.  Liberians are warfare exhausted and battle fatigue; allow us to not repeat the past mistakes relating to crucial national concern, which may correctly be handled and amicably resolved than to drag this nation into one other prolonged nationwide divergence.

Nevertheless, in the curiosity of lasting peace and stability for the state and its peace loving individuals, President George Weah’s administration and organizers of the June 7 protest should dialogue, which is a means of exploring the roots of the many crises that face humanity immediately. It allows inquiry into, and understanding of, the types of processes that fragment and intrude with real communication.  Frantic efforts also needs to be made at the national ranges by policy makers, politicians, state actors, spiritual and conventional leaders, students, to guarantee nationwide peace and security in the nation, and discover the root causes of conflicts and finding options to issues that have an effect on the nation’s progress and well-being.

In contrast to the final major international wave of protests that was associated with the unfold of democracy in the 1980s and 1990s, protests are growing now in each area of the world and in each sort of political context. The current wave of protests is triggered primarily by economic considerations or political selections, not by transnational points animated some earlier protests across the world in the 80s and 90s… The types, strategies, and goals of the present wave of protests don’t general symbolize a brand new type of democracy or better dwelling commonplace; in some instances the protestors profoundly regret their actions, whereas in some situations help to diminish financial and political injustices and inequality.

Main demonstrations have occurred around the world with growing frequency since the second half of the 2000s. Given the superficial resemblance of such events to each other particularly the dramatic pictures of plenty of individuals in the streets from one area to another, from one state to another is a defining characteristic. The spike in protests on the African continent is turning into a serious development in worldwide politics, but what have been the impacts of this new phenomenon across the globe particularly in Africa, a continent divided into five areas and 55 states with competing nationwide pursuits? Has the new phenomenon of incessant caused any true financial, social and political advantages?

Some protests have failed to translate protest dynamism into sustainable establishment constructing or political contestation; others have led to the creation of new political events or financial impression in states where the phenomenon occurred. Protests have flared in many nations recording comparatively excessive charges of financial progress and political advancement however socioeconomic troubles have typically been present, but often much less consequentially than political ones. In most up-to-date, oppositions and civil society movements have been profitable to drive some of the longest serving African leaders and dictators to be pressured from office.

The record of nations which were hit by major protests since 2010 to present is remarkably lengthy and numerous together with Algeria, Libya, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Brazil, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, Iraq, Japan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, South Korea, and Venezuela. It consists of greater than 80 states that span every area of the world. By area, the biggest quantity of protests has taken place in higher-income nations, adopted by Latin America, then East Asia, then sub-Saharan Africa.

The number of protests in North Africa and the Center East has fluctuated greater than elsewhere, with the most dramatic spike of any area in 2011, and most up-to-date protests in Sudan and Algeria. Many of these protests have been profoundly essential occasions in the nations where they’ve taken place. They’re typically large-scale gatherings of residents who are decided to challenge elementary policies or buildings of energy. Protesters have been prepared to confront harsh remedy by security forces and typically brutal repression

It appears that political elements also show to have been the most important cause of most recent protests throughout African especially in Algeria, Libya, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Guinea and different semi authoritarian contexts. In a quantity of instances, specific political issues served as triggers bringing out protesters indignant about unworkable coverage and dangerous governance; economic elements seem to have played only a secondary position in many of these instances, except in the political contexts. The multiplication of residents’ protests have significantly- erupted governance in states the place the phenomenon has occurred in current time; in sure occasion the state of affairs deteriorates whereas in some instances the state of affairs turned out for higher cause. .

The tensions which might be build up in the country have to be harmoniously resolved and handled peacefully. Contemplating the nation’s ugly previous to the present the place Liberians and overseas resident can sleep in peace with out the echoes of guns and other deadly weapons, or with out the country being divided between factional strains, the nation especially state actors must sustain the peace.

As a recall of the current political melees and reflection of occasions which have torn the nation aside, it’s time that the authorities of the organizers of the deliberate “June 7 “demonstration in the country soberly displays on the nation’s ugly and blood-driven darker previous. Looking for a peaceful means to resolve our disagreements is unity in strengths; let the crucial and restrained voices of each opposition and authorities settle down the phrases since unusable phrases are most damaging than bullets, let attempt to discipline our disagreements particularly on issues that considerations nationwide curiosity and wellbeing of the struggling messes.

Civil society is dynamic, vibrant and influential in the modern world’s politics; it is recognized as a various and ever-wider ecosystem of people, communities and organizations and have been effective in protects to drive leaders to abandon their lucrative workplaces. Civil society networks are constructed across geographical, social and physical divides. These networks permit larger numbers of individuals to combination and collectively tackle societal challenges. Throughout the globe there are examples of civil society exhibiting an lively voice in selling the rules of truthful and equitable economic improvement, gender equality and human rights; in many nations including Africa.

In early 2011, amid a wave of well-liked protest in nations all through the Center East and North Africa, largely peaceful demonstrations towards entrenched regimes introduced fast transfers of energy in Egypt and Tunisia. For situations, April 2019, hundreds of protesters held a sit-in outdoors Sudanese former President Omar al-Bashir’s residence in central, having camped there overnight following the largest demonstration in months of protests towards his 30-year rule. Consequently of the protest, Sudan‘s President Omar al-Bashir was eliminated by the army after months of anti-government protests towards his three-decade rule.

Also in April Algerians protests, additionally referred to as the Smile Revolution, began on 16 February 2019, ten days after Abdelaziz Bouteflika introduced his candidacy for a fifth presidential term in a signed assertion. Hundreds of protesters demanding the departure of Algeria‘s ruling elite rallied in Algiers for a 10th Friday. Former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down after 20 years in power this month, bowing to strain from the army and weeks of demonstrations primarily by younger individuals in search of change.

“The system must go” and “We are fed up with you,” learn banners held up by protesters in central Algiers. The protests, which started on February 22 and have been largely peaceful, have continued as many need the removing of an elite that has governed Algeria since independence from France in 1962 and the prosecution of individuals they see as corrupt

As a mirrored image of the Arab citizens’ revolution dubbed “Arab Spring”, in December 2011, 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi was getting ready to sell fruits and vegetables in the rural city of Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. Bouazizi was the breadwinner for his widowed mother and six siblings, but he didn’t have a permit to promote the items.

When the police asked Bouazizi to hand over his picket cart, he refused and a policewoman allegedly slapped him. Angered after being publicly humiliated, Bouazizi marched in entrance of a authorities constructing and set himself on hearth. His act of desperation resonated instantly with others in the town. Protests started that day in Sidi Bouzid, captured by cellphone cameras and shared on the Internet. Within days, protests began popping up across the nation, calling upon President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his regime to step down. A few month later, he fled Tunisia, ending his reign.

From Tunisia the revolution spread to Egypt; the Egyptian revolution of 2011, also referred to as the January 25 Revolution, began on 25 January 2011 and spread throughout Egypt. Tens of millions of protesters from a variety of socio-economic and spiritual backgrounds demanded the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.. On 11 February 2011, Vice President Omar Suleiman introduced that Mubarak resigned as president, turning energy over to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces

In Libya, nevertheless, an uprising towards the four-decade previous rule of Muammar al-Qaddafi led to civil struggle and worldwide army intervention.  On February 15, 2011, antigovernment rallies have been held in Banghāzī by protesters angered by the arrest of a human rights lawyer, Fethi Tarbel. The protesters referred to as for Qaddafi to step down and for the release of political prisoners. Libyan safety forces used water cannons and rubber bullets towards the crowds, ensuing in a quantity of accidents. To counter the demonstrations additional, a pro-government rally orchestrated by the Libyan authorities was broadcast on state tv.

On February 22 Qaddafi delivered an indignant, rambling speech on state television, condemning the protesters as traitors and calling on his supporters to struggle them. On October 20 Qaddafi was found and killed by rebel fighters in his hometown, Surt, as they fought to solidify their management of the city. Apart from Africa, protests also prolonged to asia. South Korean protests, also called Candlelight Wrestle or Candlelight Revolution, have been a collection of protests towards President Park Geun-hye that occurred throughout South Korea from November 2016 to March 2017, ensuing to her impeachment of Park Geun-hye from office by the Parliament/

In October 2014, indignant demonstrators in Burkina Faso went on the rampage on in protest at plans to permit ex-president Blaise Compaore to prolong his 27-year rule, setting parliament on hearth and wreaking havoc throughout the capital. Tons of stormed parliament and different public buildings including the nationwide television headquarters in the capital Ougadougou, ransacking workplaces and setting hearth to automobiles despite a heavy police and army presence. A whole lot of indignant demonstrators in Burkina Faso in October 2014 stormed parliament earlier than setting it on hearth in protest at plans to permit former President Compaore to prolong his 27-year rule. He took power in a 1987 coup after he overthrown He was a prime affiliate of President Thomas Sankara during the 1980s, and in October 1987, he led a coup d’état throughout which Sankara was killed.

Lots of of protesters marched in the capital of Burkina Faso on Friday demanding that President Blaise Compaore step down, a day after the army dissolved parliament and introduced a transitional authorities in the face of mass protests and violence. The demonstration came a day after Mr. Compaore refused to hand over energy however referred to as off a state of emergency imposed after a violent rebellion towards his 27-year rule that noticed parliament set ablaze. Blaise Compaore fled to Ivory Coast the place he is granted citizenship of which his spouse can also be a citizen.

From Burkina Faso  to Guinea the place the former Guinean army leader Moussa Dadis Camara  choice to context election spark mass protest in which protestors have been shot.  This led Lieutenant Abubakar “Toumba” Diakite, a former aide to the junta leader to shot Camara on three December 2009 on grounds that the junta leader needed him to take the blame for a bloodbath of pro-democracy demonstrators; he was taken to Morocco the place he nonetheless remained.

The September 28, 2009 a carnage occurred at the stadium in Conakry in which safety forces reportedly killed over 150 peaceable opposition supporters, and raped dozens of ladies. In December 2017, the panel of Guinean judges investigating the massacre concluded over seven years of investigations. No less than 13 suspects are indicted, including Moussa Dadis Camara, the then leader of the army junta that dominated Guinea in September 2009, and two high-ranking officers presently serving in the safety forces.

Liberia is a tiny state however politically giant and complicated with an interesting but a sober political historical past; politics is wildly practiced in the nation. In my candid opinion, the planners of the “June 7 “demonstration might have a reason for their pending demonstration which is in line with constitutionalism, there are reasons, for the planned “June 7” protest to be reduce off, let the organizers solemnly   mirror the trend that “April 14, 1979’; “April 12, 1980” coup and “April 6, 1996” Factions Preventing in the nation.

But the largest opportunity to improve home confidence lies in how public officials keep the right tone in all features of publicity, how they discipline their words and deed when addressing national points; they need to remember that criticism and self-criticism will do the nation no good, as an alternative they need to discover the stability and talk effectively since readability could be very essential in communication. There have, to some extent, been inconsistent relating to info dissemination on the native and worldwide fronts. Constructive publicity must be engaging and appealing; fact and accuracy are the lifeblood of info dissemination. Subsequently public officers should strengthen their means to successfully talk and have a stronger voice and correctly coordinate info reaching the home viewers.

Allow us to also be reminded of the these three main events in April “April 14, 1979’; “April 12, 1980” and “April 6, 1996” have been all characterized with violence, mayhem, anarchy, dying and large destructions in Monrovia and its environs; the riot or protest happened in consequence of the backdrop of a proposed improve in the worth of a 100lb bag of rice.

The demonstration drew an enormous crowd for the first time in many many years, that Liberians had seized the alternative to keep nationwide protest towards the government-Tolbert regime. According to a number of researchers, the miss info was that rice-the nation’s staple meals could possibly be imported and promote for US$9.00 per 100lb bag. Such political rhetoric and sugar coated assertion persuaded many Liberians to buy the sentiments of these “progressive” political leaders.

The hostilities of 14 years warfare in the nation, from December 24, 1989 to August 18, 2003, in which an rebel teams killed hundreds of persons, ruined the numerous sectors and destroyed billion dollars’ value properties throughout the country, have also witnessed 17 years of an uninterrupted peace throughout nation weapons have fallen silent since the Ceasefire and Cessation of Hostilities triggered by the Complete Peace Settlement signed on 18 August 2003 in Akosombo, Accra Ghana. The 17 years of an uninterrupted peace across the country which has witnessed three successive politically-driven democratic workouts of 2005, 2011 and 2017 Common Elections which happened on the back of the assurances and commitment by Liberians to bury their differences and show the will-power in resolving all trials and tribulations in order to shield the years of fragile peace and co-existence in the interest of genuine peace and sustained stability.

Credit first to the ex-war factions and their belligerent groups; the late Gyude Bryant’s transitional authorities that was in a position to piece collectively the fragmented puzzles that considerably oiled the political wheels thus ensuing into the conduct of a peaceful democratic elections with the Ellen Jonson-Sirleaf’s and George M. Weah’s regimes being ushered in that thereafter proceed to keep the democratic area.

The late Bryant’s administration, though was a troublesome one due to its hybrid- composition, succeeded in bringing a few negotiated settlement of the conflict and profitable disarmament and demobilization of ex-fighters; and ended the loss of innumerable lives, wanton destruction of our infrastructure, elements of manufacturing, properties and large displacement of individuals which as an open secret additionally led to mind drain in the nation.  Then got here the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s administration with all eyes targeted on to hold the peace, this  display has witnessed a 12 years of an uninterrupted peace again came as a direct end result of the Sirleaf administration’s initiatives undertaken and purposely supported by the individuals of Liberia and its improvement partners  and key worldwide actors.

Subsequently, President Weah’s administration has a national obligation to play a pivotal leading position to hold dialogue with the planners of the June 7, pay attention to their considerations and move forward with constructive discussions. This entails instituting the right policy at the right time by the proper individuals at the right place, whereas these at the helm of management on the continent have to be proactive not reactive.

The trustworthy spiritual and traditional leaders have a nationwide obligation to play a leading position in finding a amicable treatment to the deliberate “June 7 protest” and cement unity and peaceable co-existence in the country. It has been observed that that these leaders each conventional and spiritual have private interests, subsequently they’ve been silenced; apart from few like Rev. Dr. Kortu Okay. Browne, a champion of good governance. This includes the position of spiritual leaders in selling unity and love amongst populations and respect for each other is very necessary. The weaknesses of previous peace-building efforts with the potential of spiritual leaders helps to reply the question of how spiritual leaders could possibly be additional involved enhancing the present disunity between the administration and oppositions political in the country.

The position of Spiritual Leaders throughout the disaster have performed an important position in talking towards ills and gross human rights abuses with the late Catholic Arch Bishop Michael France and other leaders of the faith group raising their voices to shield civilians throughout the complete 14-year  crisis. Not only that but in addition they provide shelter and a place to cover, but in addition engaged in providing ‘meals, water, and health providers, and in one instance helping in the protected evacuation of communities at risk. ‘In the process, some have been focused and victimized by the ex-fighters.

As the historic evaluation showed, the nation has skilled numerous army coups and political conflicts from the days of the commonwealth rule, independence and second republic to post-conflict period. The unstable political state of affairs made sustainable state-building inconceivable and it has been definitely due to political pursuits among changing elites that the Liberian state has remained fragmented until at the moment. Especially in the post-colonial interval, the Liberian leaders struggled to successfully govern the giant territory with open coronary heart and arm.

Due to the robust external interference into domestic affairs by other international powers especially the United States of America, Liberian successive administrations continued to  wrestle to build viable establishments in the state. The continuing political energy struggles amongst elites, including army coups and rebellions, have led to the proven fact that the authorities has lost the monopoly on the reliable use of pressure.

Taking a look at its early post-colonial historical past, one can conclude that the Liberia’s first steps as an unbiased state have been determined by power struggles and kleptocracy colonial masters who got here to power primarily by way of a compromised election. However, America had all the time maintained its influence in Liberia due to its place as Liberia’s essential strategic associate in the world. America assisted in the successful state situations building.

Due to the repressive and authoritarian rule of regulation, past leaders had to face resistance from the nation’s grassroots population, and by way of the indirect involvement of exterior powers, a number of past leaders have been overthrown turning into victims of another coup. State-building in the Liberia has been a troublesome proposition from the dawn of its historical past and is since then dealing with sluggish progress due to frequent changing of governments and chief.

Since then, Liberia’s postcolonial history was characterised by several army coups, elitist power struggles; the worldwide group has constantly interfered since independence and the emergence of cleavages, which have made it troublesome for state-building and the creation of a nationwide id to progress.

In the meantime, during the 14-year darkish era of Liberia, quite a few gross atrocious and human rights abuses have been dedicated with out direct prosecution of the alleged perpetrators due to disagreement on which course to move ahead with. For others, reconciliation is the greatest formulation whereas others are calling for justice. The dynamics of the current disagreement amongst Liberians is driving one other potential battle which is undermining the co-existence, institutional building and governance workouts.

As a matter of reflection, Article XIII of the peace agreement states that Fact and Reconciliation Commission, shall be established to present a forum that may handle issues of impunity, as well as a chance for both the victims and perpetrators of human rights violations to share their experiences, in order to get a transparent picture of the previous to facilitate real healing and reconciliation.

The deal further states that in the spirit of national reconciliation, the Commission shall cope with the root causes of the crises in Liberia, including human rights violations and pinpoint cardinal points that Commission shall, amongst different things, advocate measures to be taken for the rehabilitation of victims of human rights violations.

Liberia owes an obligation beneath each international humanitarian and human rights legal guidelines to investigate and prosecute the heinous crimes, together with torture, rape and extra-judicial killings of innocent civilians, dedicated in the nation by the ex-warring events in the course of 14 years of brutal conflict. In the spirit of the Fact and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), our leaders want to display the confidence reposed in them by the individuals by way of their votes to deliver to guide all these chargeable for the depopulation of the nation over the 14 years civil struggle to answer to the position they played in the long disturbing bloodbath.

Justice is certainly valuable and useful, but the place it is being delayed, clearly what’s implied is then that the latter can also be being denied; the situation of TRC’s recommendations have to be addressed once and for all.

The varied ex- armed factions focused civilians and have been liable for massacres and systematic human rights abuses, and none of which was preventing for any recognizable trigger or ideology. Tens of hundreds of innocent Liberians have been brutally murdered in chilly blood by armed factions that fought to have state power by drive. The warfare was additionally characterized by the in depth use of youngster troopers, boys youthful than fifteen years previous who have been straightforward prey for all the factions.

However can either of the two essential dynamics -reconciliation or justice guarantee true unity and peaceable existence in the country?  For other, warfare crimes courtroom might contribute to justice, but this can be counterproductive for making certain reconciliation between the alleged perpetrators of theses gross human rights violations. Moreover, the issues of political alienation and the persistent political struggles remained critical issues.

Also the situation of giant impunity for struggle criminals has not yet been tackled with clear modalities-something which sparked the current separate demonstration by advocate of justice for conflict crimes courtroom. Equally, the 2004 DDRR course of has not produced many results up to now beyond accumulating small weapons and offering lucrative positions to ex-warring factions’ leaders and heads of civil society organizations. In totality, the Accra Peace Accord is but to be absolutely carried out virtually 17 years now whereas the TRC recommendations for baring of certain individuals from holding political positions and the persecution of violators the processes almost inconceivable.

Many of the opinions that, in brief, the Liberian Authorities nonetheless struggles to implement TRC suggestion due to exterior elements,  financial assets, confidence of the individuals and a scarcity of commitment by sure people whose fears of being targeted. For others, the TRC suggestion is hindered by the continued fears of cycle of violence, the safety vacuum, and the nation’s current economic stagnation.

The Accra peace accord process has shown that agreements have been made between the authorities and the prime ex-leaders of the primary disbanded armed teams but failed to reach out to the majority of the inhabitants. The concluded peace agreements do not embrace the grassroots and middle-range organizations, institutions and average Liberian, as political elites and politicians wriggled for powers-occupations of positions in authorities.

The trustworthy spiritual and conventional leaders have a nationwide obligation to play a leading position in finding an amicable remedy to the planned “June 7 protest” and cement unity and peaceable co-existence in the nation. It has been observed that that these leaders both conventional and spiritual have personal interests, subsequently they’ve been silenced; apart from few like Rev. Dr. Kortu Okay. Browne, a champion of good governance.

This includes the position of spiritual leaders in promoting unity and love amongst populations and respect for each other is very necessary. The weaknesses of previous peace-building efforts with the potential of spiritual leaders had in some significant means helped to reply the question of how spiritual leaders might be additional involved enhancing the current impasse quickly breeding disunity between the administration and oppositions political on one hand and the governors and overwhelming majority of the governed in the nation.

To conclude, in the curiosity of lasting peace and stability for the state and its peace loving individuals, President George Weah’s administration and organizers of the June 7 protest must dialogue, which is a approach of exploring the roots of the many crises that face humanity at the moment. It allows inquiry into, and understanding of, the types of processes that fragment and intrude with real communication.

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