State-Sponsored Thuggery Characterises July 26 Independence Day Celebrations – As Peaceful Students Brutalised by CDC’s & State-Organised Thugs
By Julius T. Jaesen II
The mob violence I saw that attended yesterday’s Independence Day Celebrations organized by thuggery elements of the CDC Youth League with the full support of the government headed by George Weah by and through the Liberia National Police, no doubt, puts Liberia on an irreversible path of returning to another round of civil war. Those hoodlums didn’t only mete violence against peaceful students who have gathered to demand corrupt public bureaucrats in fixing the country, they also moved into neighborhoods burglarizing people’s homes and taking their belongings. Yet, those CDC ignoramuses claimed that they were protecting the maintenance of peace and stability on the occasion of Liberia’s 175th year of Independence Day Celebrations.
What peace were you protecting? Negative peace or positive? What Liberia has enjoyed since emerging from a decade plus wars is no positive peace but negative peace – which only implies the silence of the guns. The graph ? slopes downward.
Johan Galtung, the “father of peace studies and peace research”, makes it simpler when he said, “where there is war and a ceasefire is enacted, a negative peace will ensue.” He argues that peace should not be merely the absence of direct violence (negative peace) but also the absence of structural violence (positive peace).
If we must ensure that Liberia doesn’t slide into its dark and horrible past, it is for us to focus on dealing with the ghost of structural violence (social injustice, state violence, poverty, corruption, repression, the depravity of human rights, prohibition of freedom of speech and assembly, political alienation, etc.) that precludes citizens from achieving the basic socioeconomic needs through state institutions.
Positive peace hinges on the economic well-being and resilience of the citizenry.
Sadly despicably, a bottle-green and lime dog President in Weah sits at the head of the totem pole with no policy prescription to systems failure but yet leading our country and its people to a tragic economic civil war.
In Liberia, economic and political reform is an unpaid debt the government owes its people. President Weah’s sworn oath of office in 2018 consummated a legally binding contract to ensure the debt was paid within a reasonable political period.
Regrettably, like our many colonial and post-colonial era presidencies, Mr. Weah has defaulted on the promises and crushed underfoot the people’s power of attorney. This careless betrayal of trust has led to an increase in aggravated social hierarchies and economic inequalities only favorable to the wealthy and powerful as the ordinary citizens crawl under the agonizing burdens of lack and despair.
The value of life under Weah, which ought to be judged by the priority of healthcare delivery capacities in both quality and quantity, falls far lower; few health facilities are available, and the available ones could better be described as funeral parlors, standing in shortage of everything, from inadequate drugs and doctors, to dress bandages and drinking water! To attest to this, walk into the emergency ward of the John F. Kennedy hospital and you will degrade the services even much lower than this analysis. All this evil continues to befall the underprivileged while the privileged are flown chartered flights, or first class to VIP clinics afar.
Sadly frustrating, under Weah’s presidency, food has turned into luxury in 21st century Liberia, quite frighteningly diametrical to the West’s expenditure index of millions to curtail obesity and tens of millions more to store excess food.
Our currency exchange rate to the U.S dollar is now 150 to 1 and growing, and the price structure for market commodities has tripled, and there is no guarantee it will not quadruple at any time. U.S consumer history is replete with facts of protests the last time fuel and gas prices soared close to US$20.00; under Weah’s regime, the consumer population painstakingly paid almost LD$4,000.00 for a gallon of petroleum with serious complaints.
It’s a weird twist of logic that the consumer population is expected to bear the impact of unfair economic disadvantages and yet continues to live on less than 80 cents a day! Truly, Mr. Weah has defaulted on the promises beyond redemption. He must fix the country or quit!
And certainly under the footballing President, Weah, prisons and detention centers continue to remain stuck with kids who get sentenced for stealing food to live while cabinet officials like Samuel Tweah, Nat McGill, and others continue to walk free with stolen millions and looted coffers with impunity! About a year ago, McGill stole poor taxpayers’ money and built a mausoleum for his dead mother to be laid in – sadly dishonoring her memory by putting in a tomb built with stolen money.
It’s time for freedom, people; it’s time to redeem our resources and save our forests, gold, diamond, timber, iron ore, and oil; buckle up.
Despite the proliferated antics against popular dissents antagonizing Weah’s failed regime, the will of the people continues and the struggle to liberate the soul and spirit of Liberia remains sine qua non!
If the anti-elements of law and order perceived a short-circuit to a popular call for a radical revolution to oust corruption and misrule, they are set for a rude awakening as Liberians in their numbers will troop to the streets to oust fiscal robberies and misrule of the country!
The struggle against Weah’s government is a verdict against misrule and widespread corruption. This time around, the people will not sit idle and allow their country of birth to reach a point of climaxed plunder.
Adolph Hitler said, “Those who want to live, let’s them struggle, those who do not want to live in this world of eternal struggle deserve not to live.” Hence, we are getting there. We believe in the revolution! We believe in the radical reform of our system! We support to the fullest “fix the country protest” organized by the Vanguard Student Unification Party.