MONROVIA, LIBERIA – The recent curfew imposed by Liberia’s president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to contain the viral Ebola virus in Liberia has sparked heavy riots from residents of the slum district of West Point.
This is coming less than 24 hours, on the heels of a 9pm – 6am curfew imposed by the Liberian government, to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola disease.
It has been reported that at least four persons have been seriously injured with more to count.
The army denied shooting to injure anyone. “The soldiers are using live rounds,” the army said. “The soldiers applied the rules of engagement. They did not fire on peaceful citizens. There will be medical reports if (an injury) was from bullet wounds.”
- A BADLY INJURED YOUNG MAN FROM THE RIOT
According to witnesses, trouble started when residents woke up to blockades from barbed wires, chairs and tables, preventing them from fending for themselves.
There was no warning, according to residents, hence their being ill prepared for the curfew.
Costs of basic goods and services, including water, have skyrocketed as a result of the blockade in the slum area of Monrovia.
“We just saw it (the blockade) this morning. We came out and we couldn’t go anywhere. I haven’t heard from anybody in authority what happened,” Alpha Barry, 45, who works as a money changer, told Reuters.
“I don’t have any food and we’re scared,” said Barry, who said he was from Guinea and had four children under 13, according to a report from Financial Times.
- BLOCKADE BY SECURITY OPERATIVES
There have been concerns in some neighboring countries, including Nigeria that the recent developments in Liberia can result in some infected patients fleeing to these other countries.
Earlier on, there was an attack on the county’s quarantine facilities, resulting in the escape of some patients who were under surveillance for the dreaded Ebola virus, although the authorities reported that they have captured some of the escapees.
The epidemic which has cost over 2,000 lives across the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria, continues to give the world a sleepless night.
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