Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Ex-Liberian Soldiers Storm Capitol Building

A group of former ex-Armed Forces of Liberia soldiers under the banner of "Unconstitutional Dissolved Armed Forces of Liberia" (UDAFOL) yesterday besieged the Capitol Building, the seat of the National Legislature demanding the immediate impeachment of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. The ex-soldiers numbering a little over three hundred men and women staged a peaceful march with a petition in which they called on the lawmakers to impeach the Liberian leader for what they called breach of the Liberian Constitution, in which the soldiers demanded that the lawmakers begin impeachment proceedings against President Johnson-Sirleaf for treason in accordance with Article 62 and 76a (5) respectively for violation of the Constitution of Liberia as regarding the AFL as the constitution provides. The group of soldiers who were escorted to the Capitol Building by officers of the Liberia National Police and UNMIL Police to register their concern reiterated their demand to some of the lawmakers who gathered to meet them.
I was there! I got stuck in the traffic jam on Monday caused by the protesters and riot police. The top gates of the Capital building were heavily guarded by Riot Police and UN soldiers, but the gates lower down the hill were completely unguarded and open - no wonder they were able to beseige the seat of government. Olly

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