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Liberia blocks internet amidst anti-Weah protests

Liberia blocks internet amidst anti-Weah protests

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<p><strong>Authorities in Liberia have blocked the internet, in what is perceived to be a move to suppress ongoing anti-government protests in the capital, Monrovia.</strong></p> <p>Netblocks, an organisation that monitors internet disruptions and shutdowns confirmed the shutdown on Friday afternoon, saying access to social networking platforms Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat had been restricted.</p> <p>‘‘The disruptions affecting ordinary operation of the social media platforms have raised concerns of a state order to restrict the Save The State protests in Liberian capital Monrovia,’‘ NetBlocks said in its statement.</p> <p>Organisers of the Save The State protests have mobilised thousands of Liberians to demonstrate against high rates of inflation and corruption in the country. </p> <p>The protests are likely to be a a key test for President George Weah, who campaigned over the same issues in his ascent to president, about 18 months ago.</p> <p>The protesters are bracing for a possible violent showdown with security forces or even prolonged disruption.</p> <p>The protests coalition calling itself the Council of Patriots, comprises politicians, professions, students and ordinary members of the public.</p> <p>George Weah, in power since January 2018 is struggling to revive a country that is one of the poorest in the world. </p> <p>He insists he is aware of the burden of ordinary people, and improvement to health, education and roads remain his priorities.</p>
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