Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Game, Set, Match

First, this happens:

Regular vehicular movement and traffic flow on Capitol Hill, Monrovia, came to a standstill yesterday when scores of former personnel of the Special Security Service (SSS), the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and the Liberian National Police (LNP) besieged the main intersection of the Tubman Boulevard that connects the Foreign Affairs Ministry, in a demonstration against the delay in the payment of their severance pay and other benefits.
Then, this happens:

Throwing her personal security to the wind, President disembarked from her vehicle to address the angry crowd and to give them the opportunity to put forth their grievances.

Describing the treatment allegedly meted on them as "mockery," of their plights, he said all efforts to have their grievances attended to proved unrewarding. She thanked the men and women for being peaceful and noted that it was wrong to appeal to violence in seeking redress to grievances.

The President conceded that the laws of Liberia guarantee aggrieved citizens the right to assemble to consult upon a common good but noted that such assemblies must be held in keeping with civility and orderliness. She then advised them to form a committee ... keeping with the President's advice, the erstwhile angry mob has agreed to act orderly and has accordingly set up a 9-man committee to meet the President at 6:00 pm.


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