Senate Leadership Holds Emergency Meeting With Protest Leaders In Ongoing Bea Mountain Protest

MONROVIA – The leadership of the Liberian Senate has convened an emergency meeting with the leadership of the protesters of the Bea Mountain Mining Corporation (BMMC).
Today, March 12, 2024, several protesters stormed the grounds of the Capitol Building in demand of the resignation of Mr. Debar W. Allen, Country General Manager of Bea Mountain Mining Corporation (BMMC).

Victims from the scene from the BEA Mountain

Earlier today, the company issued a statement in which it said it stands firm behind Mr. Debar Allen following calls for his removal after the February 29, 2024 protest in Kinjor.
On February 29, 2024, protesters at the BMMC stormed the operation areas of the company which led to clashes between protesters and state security officers that became bloody when state security officers allegely used live bullets on protesters that claimed the lives of at least three persons.

Violent scene at the Bea Mountain in Kinjor

The protesters said they had gathered at the Capitol Hill to petition President Boakai to intervene in their case which is causing ethnic division within the county.
Protest leader Chairman Morris Kiazolu said the only way forward is for Mr. Debar W. Allen to leave, saying “we don’t want the bad labour practice that is going on in our county; we deserve the benefit of our gold.”

Sen. Nimely left and Sen. Joseph right escort protesters to the Capitol Building

“We are mining ‘Class A’ gold in our county and no development? We say no to that. The company is getting its benefit, but we can’t get our benefits for more than ten (10) years.”
The protest leader alleged that the protest is now turning into ethnic division; thereby pointing accusing fingers at Senator Simeon Taylor.
“All this Vai-Gola argument is Senator Taylor that is behind it,” Kiazolu said.
“When you want to get the entire story, go to Sen. Taylor’s house in the evening. You will get everything that I am saying, he is the one causing everything.”

But, following the protesters demand for Mr. Debar Allen resignation, Senators Thomas Yaya Nimely and Saah Joseph of Grand Gedeh County and Montserrado County respectively, met with the protesters and asked to have a meeting with the leadership of the protesters.

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