Power intoxicates and no one is to be trusted. The Liberian government has shut down all access to the internet, due to a planned protest by some citizens against President George Weah.
In a bid to suppress the ongoing anti-government protests in the capital, Monrovia, Netblocks, (an organization that monitors internet disruptions and shutdowns) confirmed the shutdown on Friday afternoon, saying access to social networking platforms Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Snapchat had been restricted.
‘‘The disruptions affecting the ordinary operation of the social media platforms have raised concerns of a state order to restrict the Save The State protests in Liberian capital Monrovia,’‘ NetBlocks said in its statement.
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The protest is against high rates of inflation and corruption in the country. The protests are likely to be a key test for President George Weah, who campaigned over the same issues in his ascent to the president, about 18 months ago.
The protest which is organized by “Save The State protests” has mobilized thousands of Liberians to demonstrate. The protesters are bracing for a possible violent showdown with security forces or even prolonged disruption.
The protests coalition calling itself the Council of Patriots comprises politicians, professions, students, and ordinary members of the public.
Many thought President Weah would have been different from past leaders.
George Weah came into power in January 2018 and he is still struggling to revive a country that is one of the poorest in the world.
He insists he is aware of the burden of ordinary people, and improvement to health, education, and roads remain his priorities.
The shutting down of the internet is just temporary.