Via The New Dawn: Calm returns to West Point. Excerpt:
The Liberia National Police or LNP has finally restored calm in the slum community of West Point after hours of upheaval.
Police Director Chris Massaquoi led a joint security delegation Wednesday to the Township for a meeting with residents. During their interaction, Director Massaquoi urged West Point residents to always be law-abiding citizens.
Residents of the township had initially fled from the LNP delegation upon arrival, apparently fearing that the police had gone there to execute arrest so-called troublemakers in the area. But as the residents were escaping, Police Director Chris Massaquoi was heard telling residents to be calm as the police was there to encourage and protect them.
As the Police Director spoke through a public address system encouraging people to not run as the delegation has gone to make peace, residents gathered together in huge to listen to what he had to say.
Addressing the West Point residents, the Director warned against violence and allow health workers to move into the community to work, assuring that the government was always willing to protect its citizens no matter the situation. Col. Massaquoi noted that the government would open the West Point Community to the public, if the task force on the fight against Ebola was convinced or deemed it necessary.
He urged residents of the Township to be cooperative and stop hampering the work of health workers and the security apparatus in the area. He then ordered to the West Point police depot reopened for normal operations.
As Col. Massaquoi spoke to the crowd, residents of the community were concerned about movements in other parts of the country, in terms of restoration, but the Police Director noted that the restoration of normalcy was based on West Pointers themselves, saying “only you can help the health workers by reporting cases of Ebola; if you can work with the health workers to identify sick people in the community that are hidden and the issue of the Ebola is resolved from here, we will make progress.”