The UN Mission in , (UNMIL), has supported the Liberia National Police (LNP) to restore calm and order on the Firestone Rubber Plantation in Harbel,
, following Friday’s violent disturbances that resulted in at least five people being injured. Some properties were damaged and looted, including a health centre.
UNMIL security personnel, including military and police officers from the Formed Police Units were quickly deployed to join LNP officers in the area as soon as it became clear that the demonstration was turning violent.
Extra security personnel are patrolling the area which is now calm.
calls on the community to stop acts of violence, which will only make the situation worse.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Alan Doss, calls on all parties concerned to exercise caution and restraint and use all peaceful means to resolve any grievances and disagreements.
Thousands of Firestone employees were protesting for what the call management’s failure to recognize the leadership the Firestone Agriculture Worker Union as well as salary increment.
Meanwhile the Deputy Speaker of the Honorable House of Representatives, at the Head of a Six Man delegation, on Thursday, December 6, 2007, intervened and succeeded in convincing protesting youths of Dablo Clan,
, to remove road blocks placed before vehicles and offices of the Mano River Resource Mining Company operating in the area.
Following several hours of intense discussions with the chiefs, elders and youth leaders in the clan, Hon. Tokpa Mulbah and delegation assured the locals that every effort will be exerted to ensure that all parties to the 1996 Mineral Development Agreement adhere to and respect the terms of the document.
Members of the House Delegation to Darblo Clan included , Honorables, Rufus Neufville of Montserrado , George Mulbah of Bong , Moses Kollie of Lofa, Mohammed Ware of Cape mount, and Venecious Hodges of Grand Bassa .
Further discussions aimed at finding a common ground between the citizens of the clan and the Management of the Mano River Resource takes place in the conference room of the National Investment Commission on Monday December 10, 2007, at 10 0’clock ante meridian. Authorities from the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy will be present.
Acco4ding to a release from the Capitol, Deputy Speaker Mulbah is meanwhile admonishing citizens across the country to apply peaceful means in seeking to resolve existing or perceived conflict, stating that the level of destruction that visited the Country are sufficient reasons for Liberians to turn their back on brutality. He thanked the people of Dablo Clan for the demonstrated respect accorded his delegation and the subsequent removal of the path blockages.