Rob, Oppong Supporters Clash
By Antoinette Sendolo
As campaign intensifies for the Special Senatorial Elections in Montserrado County, groups of supporters said to be campaigning for both Robert Sirleaf and George Weah yesterday clashed in Monrovia.
The supporters of both candidates were seen throwing stones as a means of showing their supports for their candidates, a situation which turned out to be unfavorable for both supporters and other passers-by.
The clash started when Amb. George Weah who was attending one of his campaign rallies arrived in the PHP community where supporters of Robert Sirleaf were also gathered to carry out their regular campaign.
Upon the arrival of the Congress for Democratic Change candidate, George Weah, supporters of the CDC were celebrating and singing their ‘battle cry’ something most eye witnesses described as irritating to supporters of Robert Sirleaf.
However, the reason for the stone-throwing is yet to be established as well as which candidate was the first to have precipitated the stone-throwing saga, but it seems both supporters could not have tolerated each other, something which could have caused the clash.
As the result of the clash between the two groups, vehicles and other properties were destroyed while individuals received minor injuries.
After about 45 minutes of exhaustive stone-throwing from both supporters, the police who came almost late was able to contain the situation in a very professional manner with no one victimized due to their involvement.
Meanwhile, CDC lawmaker, Acarous Gray told a local radio station yesterday that members of his party have the right to enter and stage a program at the PHP stadium which many believe is the home of Mr. Robert Sirleaf’s Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) football Club.
Representative Gray said the stadium is a public property and not that of any private citizen as it was constructed by funds belonging to the Liberian people.