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Anti-Government Protests Engulf Liberia Amid Economic Crisis

Thousands of Liberians have taken to the streets to protest against the country's spiraling economy under President George Weah.

A few hours ago, the Liberian police was deployed after at least 3000 Liberians took to the streets of Monrovia in anti-government protests.

Aljazeera reports that the police fired tear gas and water canons on Liberians protesting the country's spiraling economy under the leadership of President George Weah. The protest is the second massive demonstration to take place in less than year.


Initially, the protests were dubbed the "Weah Step Down Campaign" in an effort to force the footballer-turned-president to step down. However, many called the move "undemocratic" and Liberian protesters have since called on President Weah to account for the inflation and corruption plaguing the West African country.

Henry Costa, a protest organizer and the head of a group called the Council of Patriots described the Weah's government saying, "They have performed dismally and created the worsening economic situation we are in." Costa also added that, "We presented a petition containing demands to the president to address the issue of corruption...bad governance, violation of the constitution - and the president refused to act on any of our demands."

Back in June of last year, Liberians protested for the first time since President Weah took office in 2017. Failing to adequately address an investigation which uncovered the disappearance of millions of dollars, the government then allegedly restricted internet and social media access shortly before the protests took place.

According to The Guardian, President Weah issued a warning to protesting citizens saying that, "If you think you can insult this president and walk in the street freely, it will not happen. And I defy you."

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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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