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Protest Marches Not Yielding Fruits

It's Time for Other Alternatives

Maybe Mr. Mulbah Morlu, leader of the Forum for the Establishment of War Crimes Court in Liberia and other advocates for a war crimes court in Liberia should change the game plan. Protest marches seem not to be working at the moment but are getting many people hurt and endangering a fragile stability that has been won after years of confusion. I hate looking at Mr. Morlu’s bloody-up skull tied up to stop the bleeding. Besides, these protest marches or demonstrations don’t seem to be as effective as they were in the 70’s and 60’s. I am for war crime court myself but in my view, the constant putting of people into the streets only to be brutalized by police some of whom had been flesh eating rebels just few years back is not producing the needed results. Mr. Morlu needs to be taking trips across the country to sell his idea. The more citizens buy his product, the better they can channel such call through their representatives for consideration and mount all kinds of pressure on those stubborn heads against justice. I am not saying that this is the only way but since these demonstrations are not working, we can try something else. My daddy once told me that anytime you set a trap and it does not catch after a long time, remove it and set it some where else. You can’t afford to wait indefinitely.

The timing of these demonstrations has been a concern to me also: only when some one from a foreign country is visiting Liberia. Mr. Morlu and others first need to sell their idea to the Liberian people “on the ground” before romancing international support. This tendency that our salvation comes only from abroad turned me off from many activities because there are a lot of things that we can do for ourselves. If you cannot attract your own house to support your cause, why make noise trying to woo the next town to be on our side?

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