One person was reportedly killed and several wounded, when police in Liberia moved on the scene to disperse protesters on the compounds of Bea Mountain Mining Company in Kinjor, Grand Cape Mount County.
But the police authorities, have denied using live bullets against unarmed protesters during the protest
The LNP in a statement released, debunked the allegation.
“The Liberia National Police clarifies that at no time was Live bullets discharged, as reported by some media institutions. Due to the failure of protesters to disperse after series of constructive efforts to have them removed blockages from the entrance of the mining facilities, the LNP had no alternative but to use teargas as a conventional means of dispersing any group that refuse to adhere to lawful instructions”.
The report further states, “As unanimous sources in the county disclose the different ways in which citizens in the county got injured during the dispute, the LNP maintains that there were absolutely no major injuries sustained by any of the protesters, but rather there were damage of the LNP IG vehicle, and vehicle belonging to the company”.
The aggrieved workers and management failed to resolve their disputes, provoking a chaos on Monday, January 10, 2022.
The aggrieved workers are demanding better salary, improved working condition, safety and better social services for concession communities.