On Friday, June 29, 2018, the densely populated suburb of Red Light was a scene of protest and uproar as conscious cadres of the Student Unification Party rallied and led thousands of marketers and street peddlers in demand of government’s immediate intervention pertinent to the rising exchange rate, hyperinflation, and heightening economic paralysis that have awfully engulfed the country since Soccer Legend, George M. Weah, took over as President. For hours, the traffic was blocked as marketers and onlookers chanted,
President Weah must reduce the rate because we are suffering. We are dying from hardship and nothing is being done to solve this problem. This was not what President Weah promised the poor people. He didn't promise us further hardship. He promised to get us out of this degrading situation but it is becoming even worse. Nobody is saying anything to us. Thanks to SUP for standing with us during this time. We are with SUP in this struggle and we are ready any day to continue this protest and rise up for our right.
Speaking to journalists, the leader of the protest who is the Secretary General of the Student Unification Party, Martin K. N. Kollie, said that the government of President Weah is intentionally ignoring the extreme hardship of the masses as a result of its refusal to find concrete and sustainable remedies to the high exchange rate, hyperinflation, and harsh economic realities the people are confronted with.
Weah and his government must intervene immediately; otherwise, our people could perish en masse. The price of just a gallon of gas is now L$540. The exchange rate is L$770 to US$1. SUP will not sit and allow our people to continuously decay in poverty, adversity, and hardship. This is unacceptable. We will challenge them. They were elected to make the difference and not to further worsen the appalling living condition of the common people. If Weah lacks the ability to lead and resolve this ongoing economic nightmare, SUP will be compelled to act and rescue the Liberian people from leadership bankruptcy. We will continue this protest from Montserrado to Maryland until the government can resolve this heightening exchange rate. Today, the voices of the masses signaled that they are ready to act. The masses are becoming disenchanted and overly disappointed in this pro-poor government. SUP will lead them into history”, Secretary Martin K. N. Kollie iterated.
The militants of SUP along with the masses marched from Red Light to Duport Road chanting slogans in demand of CHANGE (a shift from hardship to economic stability and prosperity – The exchange rate must come down). For the first time, the marketers were compelled to boo the convoy of President George M. Weah.
This should send a clear caveat to this pro-poor government that our people are becoming disillusioned and appalled about what is currently happening. If nothing is done to find concrete and sustainable solution to this economic slump or quagmire, SUP will rally our people to carry out mass protest against this pro-poor government.
Enough of this shenanigan! Governance is about serious business in the best interest of the poor people. SUP is still alive and we guess you know our history of fearlessly standing in defense of the down-trodden and underprivileged. Let no one take the people’s silence for a ride. They are prepared to stand up anytime and SUP shall lead them into history very soon.
Our people from Montserrado to Maryland are severely suffering and catching hard time under Weah. The price of a gallon of gas is now L$540 while the exchange rate is L$156 to US$1. Until prices fall, SUP will continue this protest. The message is fast resonating with our people. Come out and let's act together. It is about Liberia and the future of Liberians.
Long Live SUP – Long Live Social Justice – Long Live Massescracy. SUP will never die.