The Day Monrovia Stood Still
By: Emmanuel King, Jr.
The women blocked the various routes in and around Central Monrovia. On the Johnson Street (Gabriel Tucker Bridge) the women at both ends of the bridge completely set blockade. The sit- in- actions also took place on Broad and Johnson streets intersection, Broad and Buchanan Streets, Capitol Bye Pass, Carey and Lynch Streets among others.
They brought accessories and began cooking at the major intersections preventing traffic and impeding normal activities for the day.
They even prevented motorcyclists who tried to penetrate their way to
carry out their duties.
Many of them who spoke to The FORUM said they were protesting the refusal by the NTGL to pay insurance and other benefits for their husbands whom they said died in active service.
They further said that the government agreed to pay 20,000LD each but had refused to begin the disbursement. The President-elect of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf upon learning of the sit- in- action, proceeded to diffuse the tension by encouraging the women that their demands were going to be looked into, and they should leave the streets.
The women agreed to the request but the message to abandon the sit- in- action had not been received by all of them and so they continued their action until late Friday evening when normal traffic began moving in all directions. By then the disruption had already been done.