A protest staged by people believed to be supporters of opposition politician Daniel E. Cassell turned sour on Monday, November 1, 2021 in Monrovia. This is what they called the start of series of protests against the government for halting the landing of their leader’s helicopter for humanitarian and political work.
The of pro-Cassell and PLP supporters had begun a protest holding placards in demand of the issuance of a permit by the Liberian government to allow the wealthy politician to use his aircraft in Liberia but as the PLP and Cassell protesters approached 20th Street in Sinkor, their advancement was resisted by the riot police officers deployed from the Emergency Response Unit (ERU).
Many of the protesters took to their heels for safety while others insisted that they were taking their grievances to the United States Embassy.
Some of the protesters are said to have been arrested but police authorities have yet to confirm or deny.
As the aircraft saga rages on, PLP Political Leader Cassell recently complained the Government of Liberia to the international community, accusing the Weah led-administration of threatening the peace of the country by witch-hunting opposition political actors.
PLP was able to inform diplomatic missions, including other developmental partners to intervene into the decision taken by the Government of Liberia to prevent its Political Leader’s helicopter landing in the country through the Roberts International Airport (RIA).
Two of the notable foreign missions written by the PLP include: the European Union Delegation and the United States Embassy near Monrovia.
In a communication addressed to the Diplomatic Corps, including the US, EU under the signature of its Political Leader, the PLP claimed that the current administration of President George Weah bears the greatest responsibility to maintain peace and tranquility, ensure good governance and respect for the rule law and civil liberties.
The party emphasized for Liberia to remain stable and foster forward, fundamental democratic values must remain adhered to and never violated or compromised.
After Cassell was denied his request for a South African aircraft landing right in Liberia, the Supreme Court at the Temple of Justice invited the Director-General of the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) on the matter.
In a communication of October 15, 2021 addressed to LCAA Director-General Chief Moses Y. Kollie, the Clerk of the Supreme Court stated: “By directive of His Honor Yusuf D. Kaba, you are hereby cited to a conference with His Honor on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 in connection with the above caption case.”
The conference emerged from a writ of prohibition filed by Kwenyan Group of Company through its Board Member Tapple Doe, who is as well the Acting Chairman of the People’s Liberation Party (PLP) founded by Dr. Cassell as Political Leader.
LCAA Director-General Kollie was ordered to permit the aircraft, which is subject of the petition, to land in Liberia pending the outcome of the conference but the order is yet to be obeyed.
Cassell is reportedly hiring the South African private aircraft to expedite his political activities ahead of 2023.
For its part, the main opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) has expressed condemnation in the strongest term the deliberate refusal by the government to allow a helicopter belonging to the Political Leader of the People’s Liberation Party (PLP), Dr. Daniel Cassel, to land despite satisfying all of the requirements prescribed by the Liberia Aviation Authority.
CPP says the refusal infringes on the rights of Dr. Cassell and is clearly based on political grounds and that it demonstrates how far this government is prepared to go to suppress the opposition.
CPP therefore calls on the government to immediately correct its actions, which could set unintended precedents and have undesired consequences.