Ruthless Liberian police and paid thugs ordered to brutalize school children for demanding the right to education

New York – This week, the Liberian government is accused of ordering the country’s ruthless police force and paid thugs, many of whom are ex-rebel generals, to brutalize school children in the capital Monrovia.

The students from public elementary, middle and high schools walked into the streets in protest, demanding to see the Liberian president regarding the Government’s failure to pay their teachers.

Public schools’ teachers in the country have refused to teach and also administer exams because of not being paid for the past three to six months. Nurses, doctors, and others have also not been paid while Liberian lawmakers earn not less than US$15,000 in wages and benefits and members of the judiciary earn a similar compensation.

Public school teachers in Liberia earn less than US$100 dollars, while nurses earn less than US$300 dollars.

As the students marched toward the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where the president’s office is located, credible sources say the government which has hired thugs, many of whom are former rebel soldiers, ordered its ruthless police force and the paid gangs to brutalize the students, most of whom are minors.  

Now, advocates in the West are deeply concerned about the brutality and abuse against children in Liberia.

Some wonder why will a government brutalize little children and young people for demanding education when education gives people a knowledge of the world around them and changes it into something better.

Education is important for children because they are the future of the world, and they should be updated with current affairs. They are the pillars of the nation, to develop a country and the world.    

Some US lawmakers are deeply concerned that the children who will stand out as future leaders to develop Liberia from all its issues and hurdles are now being brutalized by the Liberian regime.  Some expect Congregational hearing on the worrying situation in Liberia in the coming months.

Liberian police teared-gas protesting students who are as young as 10 years old for demanding a right to education.
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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.
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