Protest: Liberia Restores Blocked Social Media Sites

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Switzerland, June 8

The Social media sites blocked by the Liberian government in a bid to quell the Friday protests, by thousands of Liberians who gathered in the capital Monrovia to protest “corruption and creeping dictatorship” in the country, have been restored.

Liberia’s Minister of Information, Eugene Nagbe who spoke on the issue, disclosed that though the social media was hitherto blocked for ‘security concerns’, it has however been restored.

His words, “the national security apparatus said there were threats to the country and the services were temporarily disrupted but have restored some of them.”

The protests were organized by a group called the Council of Patriots, which says it is a conglomeration of citizens, civil society activists, youth workers and major political parties.

Speaking about the alleged ‘corruption and creeping dictatorship’ which instigated the protest, the minister told CNN that Weah inherited a “dire economic situation,” and accused the country’s opposition of driving the protests.

“Mr. President is working to restore some of the issues that he inherited,” he said. “The opposition is now using the streets to get what they didn’t get at the ballot box.”

Weah, a former football star who was named FIFA’s World Player of the Year in 1995, took over in 2018 from Africa’s first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in Liberia’s first democratic transfer of power since 1944.

According to the internet monitoring platform NetBlocks, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Google’s Gmail service and the website of The Associated Press were among the sites affected. 

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