Members of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) have begun seven day mourning for seven partisans they alleged to have been killed in the clash with the Liberian National Police on 7 November.
The mourning which began on Friday November 11 is to continue this week and would be climaxed with the planting of billboards bearing seven caskets portraying those allegedly killed; one of the partisans, Jefferson Kochi told hundreds of partisans. In his 30 minute statement to members of the party, Jefferson urged his colleagues not to develop any fear but should go ahead with protest against the re-election of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
He said as far as CDCians are concerned, they will ensure that President Sirleaf is not inaugurated on January 16 but would organize protest to halt all activities concerning such a ceremony. Jefferson who was heavily applauded by members of the CDC for his motivating statement said the only good Madam Sirleaf can do is to begin the electoral process all over and step down. He said without this decision they will continue to protest against the government even if it causes them to die.
“Do not be deterred by the so-called results put out by the National Elections Commission. That is just a mere statement and we will continue our protest till we see the change of this regime,” he told his partisans. In addition, he stressed that effort made by President Sirleaf to set up a Reconciliatory Committee for the incident on November 7 would yield no fruit as they are not willing to reconcile with anyone who has allegedly killed their partisans.
Making a reference to the Libyan crisis, the CDC executive said when the uprising began, the rebels did not have arms at first, but when time progressed, they were found with arms and Ghadafi who felt could not be defeated was finally brought down. Judging from speculation that Cllr Winston Tubman and George Weah have consented to accept the election result and honor Madam Sirleaf's Government, Jefferson stressed that it will cause him to question the level of understanding of his first and second partisans if they reach such a consensus.
However, to reinforce Jefferson's statement, CDC standard-bearer Cllr Winston Tubman has said CDCians are to soon gather to continue their protest and peaceful street demonstration. According to Cllr Tubman, they will not endorse the re-election of Madam Sirleaf despite calls from Liberians and some world leaders for all parties to accept the election results.
The CDCians said statement of condemnation by the United Sates Ambassador is a mere hypocrisy and not in any way said in the interest of CDC.