Thursday, July 12, 2007

Freeport Fracas the Other Day

This is a couple of days late, but I was out of town:

Monrovia - Allegations that Liberia's seaport police were stealing fuel shipments sparked a brawl between national and port forces that sent dozens to hospitals on Monday, authorities said.

The skirmish broke out early on Monday when members of the national police force tried to arrest the suspected port officers, said National Police spokesperson Alvin Jask. He said the fighting shut down the port and only abated after United Nations peacekeepers were called in.
Speaking of the port, I met a guy at a party the other night who works for a gigantic shipping company. He says something like 30,000 containers come into Liberia every year, and about 4,000 containers' worth of goods are exported. His company maintains a staff of 40 persons to shadow the port workers and make sure everything gets done.


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