MONROVIA – With two days remaining to convene what the opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) says will be the nation’s biggest peaceful rally that will give Liberians the chance to freely express their grievances over how poorly their country is being run, the organizers of the “We Tayah Suffering” Peaceful Rally are leaving no stone unturned in allaying fears from some quarters that the December 17 peaceful rally is being staged with sinister motives. In making its case particularly to the country’s key development partners that the December 17 rally in only meant to provide the citizens the opportunity to assemble and express their feelings in a peaceful manner, the leadership of the CPP has written the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Michael A. McCarty; and the European Commission Ambassador to Liberia, Laurant Delahousse, requesting a meeting in the soonest possible time to properly explain the intent of the rally, being cognizant of its responsibility to protect Liberia’s fragile peace and young democracy.
According to the CPP, its December 13, 2022 letters to the two top ambassadors were written to keep an open line of communication with the two Embassies on matters relative to the promotion of peace and democracy in Liberia, and to draw the attention of the Embassies to the CPP’s intention to hold a peaceful political rally on Saturday, December 17, 2022, in the outside perimeters of the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville. The rally, dubbed “We Taya Suffering” [we are tired suffering], is consistent with Article 17 of the Liberian Constitution which guarantees, “All persons, at all times, in an orderly and peaceable manner… the right to assemble and consult upon the common good, to instruct their representatives, to petition the Government or other functionaries for redress of grievances and to associate fully with others or refuse to associate in political parties, trade unions, and other organizations”.
“The rally will provide a platform to mobilize Liberians, mostly supporters and sympathizers of the CPP, to express their disapproval of the mismanagement and overall bad governance of the Country, and to embrace and exercise their democratic right to peacefully hold their government and leaders accountable by fully participating in the pending 2023 electoral processes, including the upcoming Voters Registration process.
“The Embassy may be assured that the CPP is cognizant of its responsibility to protecting Liberia’s fragile peace and young democracy and, as such, has notified the Government of Liberia, through its relevant agencies, of the planned rally. The CPP expects the Government to provide protection and security for Liberians attending the rally, in keeping with its Constitutional responsibilities.
“In these premises, the leadership of the CPP requests to meet with you soonest and before the planned rally to further assure the Embassy of its intentions for the rally as well as discuss other issues appertaining to the furtherance of the democratic process and the maintenance of peace and security of the State,” the CPP noted in its letters to the US and EC Ambassadors.