CPP Wants Govt. Prosecute Electoral Violence “CDC Thugs” -Or Else Citizens Could Rise to Protect Themselves
The opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) has reacted sharply to the December 5, 2020 attack on its Grand Cape Mount County senatorial candidate, Mr. Simeon Boima Taylor and members of his campaign team including Representative Bob Sheriff, by supporters of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in Bambala Town, Porkpa District. The CPP warned that if the government fails to prosecute those who continue to perpetrate violence against the opposition and peaceful citizens, at some point in time, the people will rise up to protect themselves since the state has now resorted to hooliganism and thuggish behavior.
According to a December 6, 2020 press statement from the CPP, during the evening hours of December 5, 2020 the CPP candidate in Grand Cape Mount County, Mr. Simeon Boima Taylor along with members of the campaign team including Hon. Bob Sheriff were viciously attacked by supporters of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in Bambala Town, Porkpa District.
“The CDC thugs set ablaze two vehicles belonging to the CPP campaign team, the home of Hon. Bob Sheriff and damaged other properties of CPP supporters. The unprovoked attack which was planned by CDC executives in the county was carried out in the full view of state securities. Mr. Simeon Taylor and team ran to the bushes for safety of their lives from where they arrived in Monrovia at 4:45am this morning. Getting Simeon and Team to safety was of utmost concern to the CPP,” the leading opposition bloc said.
The CPP said despite these unprovoked attacks from the CDC, it has remained very calm and peaceful throughout the conduct of the midterm senatorial campaign. “We continue to respect the laws while the CDC is continuously violating every law with the intent of degenerating the country back into conflict,” the CPP noted.
“We, in the strongest of terms, condemn this unprovoked attack and demand the authority to bring to justice those responsible for such horrible attacks. The CPP continues to avoid engaging in confrontations not because we are weak, but because we hold dearly the peace that we all enjoy and are doing everything to ensure that that peace is preserved despite incessant provocations from the CDC and their hooligans,” the opposition bloc lamented.
The CPP then drew the attention of Liberia’s international partners, who spent billions of dollars and shed blood to restore peace to the country, to these “state sponsored attacks”.
“We like to remind the government that Liberia slid into 14 years of brutal uncivil conflicts because of these same vices that they are now perpetrating against the opposition and peaceful citizens. At some point in time, the people will rise up to protect themselves since the state has now resorted to hooliganism and thuggish behavior,” the CPP noted.