It has been reported that sporadic shooting and the spraying of tear gas by the officers from the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police has resulted into violence amongst residents of Zolowee in Nimba County.
According to our source, the residents who were carrying out a peaceful protest in demand of some benefits owed them by Metal Steel on Thursday, went wild when the police who had gone on the scene to calm the situation worsen it.
Our source explained via mobile phone that the residents got furious by the action of the Police, and started destroying some of the local offices, as well as looting all of the equipment from their offices on ground that they wanted their benefits owed them by the company.
Our source further stated that the action by Zolowee residents also prevented vehicles from plying the streets for several hours, after they set up roadblocks near the Talkative Mountain Junction, with sticks in their hands to fight back in case of resistance from the Police.
Our source said the residents threw several stones at the Police, after the police started the sporadic shooting and spraying tear gas on them. It was also reported that several persons sustained injuries, while several vehicles were also damaged.
The tension from the rioting crowd prompted the Police to flee the scene, our source revealed. The residents claimed that Metal steel took away their land and crops, with the aim of giving them some compensation, but their expectations were not met and they decided to protest to draw the attention of metal steel to their plight.
Up to press time, authorities of ArcelorMittal and the Police could not be reached. Investigation continues!