Liberian Government Halts ECOWAS citizens Peace March

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

June 2, 2003

The much publicized march for peace in the country which was to be held last Wednesday has been cancelled by government. In a press release issued late yesterday, the Ministry of Justice informed the Civil Society Movement of Liberia (CSM-L) under the Chairmanship of Mr. Saa Philip Joe, and also the ECOWAS Citizens Union that "due to very recent intelligence information available, the planned peaceful march as requested and subsequently approved for May 28, 2003 in commemoration of the 28 anniversary of ECOWAS, through the principal streets of Monrovia is hereby called off with immediate effect."

However, the release went on to say that the Ministry of Justice interposes no objection to an indoor program.

"Let all parties to this planned parade take heed and govern themselves accordingly as any act contrary to this release will be in breach of the Ministry’s order", the MOJ release cautioned in conclusion.

In a swift reaction to the MOJ release, the Chairman and the Executive Council of the Civil Society Movement of Liberia informed its members and other peace-loving Liberians and foreigners alike that its permit to carry on the peaceful march today, has been withdrawn by the Justice Ministry.

The CSM-L thus notified all of its member organizations that the planned peace march has been called off with immediate effect in compliance with the Justice Ministry’s order but citizens and foreign residents alike to go about their normal activities.

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