Thousands of supporters, on Thursday, May 16, 2019, came out to welcome the man who is seen by many including the government of Liberia as the instigator of the much-publicized June 7 protest.
Liberian popular talk show host and political commentator, Henry Pedro Costa returned to Liberia from the United States of America to join his colleagues to organize the June 7 protest in demand of change. Many supporters who spoke to West Africa Journal Magazine said, they came out in solidarity of the planned June 7 protest.
Speaking to our Monrovia Correspondent, scores of supporters, mostly young men, and women said, their courage to welcome Henry Costa is driven by what they term as an unprecedented economic hardship being experienced under the George Weah government.
A motorcyclist who identified himself as Nathaniel said he parked his commercial motorcycle only to come and welcome the man he called his hero. According to him, his motivation to stand hours in the son waiting for one man is based on the message that he (Costa) preaches on the radio about corruption.
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“I am motivated to stand in the sun because Costa is the voice of the voiceless”, said Nathaniel.
He told our reporter that he will be part of the June 7 protest, and called on other well-meaning Liberians to join what he termed as a campaign for the emancipation of the poor people.
Chelsea William, a lady who joined the welcoming crowd from Chocolate City told President Weah to see the momentum of Costa’s arrival as a clear message for the desire for change.
“George Weah must see this as a message for our desire for change”, she intoned. According to Ms. William, she was tired of the difficulties and would appreciate if George Weah could see a reason to resign if he is not capable of leading the country.
Bystanders who trooped in from their various homes were heard describing the crowd as a prelude to June 7 protest. The arrival of Costa was characterized by a parade from Vamoma, Sinkor to Central Monrovia.
Political spectators described the euphoria surrounding the welcoming program of a “common” talk show host as a display of frustration by the young people who are said to be feeling the difficulties associated with the country’s economy.