25 October 2019 | Students at an Adventist School in Monrovia, Liberia, were injured as a protest turned violent in the city on October 16.
The students from Monrovia’s Seventh-day Adventist High School were part of a crowd of other students targeted by police with tear gas at the protest. Students were injured by both tear gas and police baton beatings, as well as stones thrown during the protest.
Front Page Africa reported that many of those injured were rushed to the area’s SDA Cooper Hospital. Some students had to be rescued after losing consciousness during the turmoil.
The October 16 protest was staged in support of school teachers in the Monrovia Consolidated School System that had not been paid their salaries by the Liberian government. Front Page Africa reported that teachers were owed three to four months’ salary by the government.
The protest triggered a response from government ministers that assured those gathered that help was on the way in the form of payments to teachers.
Noble Peace laureate Leymah Gbowee appealed to the government, saying, “Force can never solve anything… Focus on your people’s needs and you won’t have to consistently chase protesters.”