Opposition politician Alexander B. Cummings of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) declares that when corrupt people connive, good people must unite, in the wake of the dislodging of protesters by the Liberia National Police (LNP) at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia on Tuesday, January 17, 2022.
Cummings stated how totally appalled and upset he is after the Liberia National Police unleashed what he refers to as a ferocious, surprise, cowardly and unprovoked attack against peaceful Liberians expressing their democratic right of assembly.
“Many of our peaceful citizens were teargased and wounded under life threatening circumstances by their government whose duty it is to protect these Liberian citizens, and their right of assembly,” Cummings stated.
According to him, this demonstration of lawlessness and police brutality evidences a pattern in this government to suppress democratic rights including using untrained goons, pressuring the judiciary, and abusing the powers of their offices.
“When we stand together, and for each other, we will win – real change will happen,” Cummings said.
The unprovoked attack, he added, on peaceful Liberians exercising their right to assemble peacefully again underscores various issues with the police including its lack of training, impunity, used as a partisan force for evil, and its resistance to changing a history of the state’s abuse of power against those it swore to protect.
He condemns this in the strongest term possible and that Liberia will not be returned to its dark days of fear, police brutality, lawlessness and intimidation of Liberians who do not share their views or those with whom they may disagree.
Cummings calls upon all patriotic and democratic Liberians to double their efforts to fight this tyranny.
The ANC Political Leader disclosed that he has reached out to some of the wounded and have promised to do whatever he can to help them recover.
He lauded all who turned out peacefully in exercise of their citizenship right and said he standswith all of them, and with all Liberians whose right to live in a better, more just and more democratic society continues to be threatened by a “corrupt and irresponsible government.”
“To all of us, I say our sacrifices and struggles will not be in vain. Change is coming. Real change will happen in our country. Those wounded today will win tomorrow for a better Liberia.
“The long road to change our country for the better has only just begun. Any government that delights in harming the citizens it should be protecting deserves no democratic considerations from the people.
“Let it be known: Our democracy will not be surrendered to fear and abuses of power. Liberians will win. Liberia will rise. Our nation will remain democratic,: Cummings concludes.