The opposition Congress for Democratic Change, CDC , one week after a bloody crackdown by police after clash erupted between partisans and the police today commence
a seven day mourning in memory of the seven partisans shot and killed by police last Monday by putting up billboards bearing seven caskets representing their partisans killed by Liberian government police.
Addressing his fellow partisans at the billboard planting ceremonies, Jefferson Kochi said as far as CDCiansare concerned, President Sirleafwill not be inaugurated on January 16, 2012. Mr Kochi who received grandeur applause from his fellow partisans went further, vowing they would organize protests to prevent all activities of the inauguration of President Sirleaf.
“The only good President Sirleaf can do is to begin the electoral process all over again and step down and if she refuses, we will continue to protest against the government even if it means we die”, Mr Kochi continued in his speech.
“Do not be deterred by the so-called results put out by the N atonal Election Commission, it is just a mere statement and we will continue our protest until we the change of this regime”, the party stalwart asserted. The CDC party executive also lamented President Sirleaf’s move to setup a Reconciliation Committee for the November 7th mayhem will not produce a tangible outcome because the party is not willing to reconcile with anyone who killed their partisans.
Mr. Kochi said, his party considers the condemnation of the killing and police brutality of their partisans and the closing down of three media institutions the government believes are sympathetic to his party by the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Linda Greensfield as rubbish and a mere hypocrisy not in the interest of the CDC.
Tension got heightened after the opposition Congress for Democratic Change threatened to boycott the November 8th run-off polls on grounds that the first round of the election was a fraud and called for the commission to be structure to reflect trust, integrity, and transparency as pre-conditions going forward.
The CDC called for a mass rally on the eve of the run-off at their headquarters and a peaceful march through the streets of the Capital to protest the run-off.
The rally barely left the grounds of the party headquarters when heavily armed police barked by United Nations peacekeepers but soon turned deadly when clash erupted between CDC partisans and the police resulting into stone throwing and the using of tear gas and shooting of live bullets into CDC crowd, killing seven persons and wounding several others.