Via FrontPageAfrica: Monrovia on Lock: Rioting as Protesters, Army, Police, Clash. Excerpt:
Heavy rioting is taking place in Monrovia as Liberian army troops and residents in the slum district of West Point clash, less than 24 hours after President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf announced a 9pm to 6am curfew and other stringent measures to contain the deadly Ebola outbreak.
FrontPageAfrica reporters on the scene say, some angry residents of West Point stoned security officers at the West Point LEC entrance as they attempted to enforce a quarantine and rescue the area’s district commissioner.
“West Point locked down with heavily armed men, police have taken over Ashmun Street and everybody running away,” a FrontPageAfrica reporter on the scene said.
Several security personnel are said to be denying people entrance into areas from the Vai Town route into West Point while army personnel are said to be parading the waters and sending fisher man back on land.
Several government ministries and agencies as well as private business are locking up to avoid getting caught up in the melee.
Angry Youths, Prices Hike
The exodus of leading air carriers in recent weeks has prompted increase in several commodities.
Early Wednesday morning several calls from the quarantined West Point community indicated that some angry youths were planning to break into stores and other businesses to get food. Accordingly, prices of basic commodities including rice, water and others have skyrocketed resulting in anger amongst residents. A 25KG rice is now being sold for LD1700; a sack of mineral water is sold between 150- 200-Liberian dollars although the government has warned businesses not to hoard prices.
West Point is a slum community infested with hard core criminals and drugs users and on Saturday, Ebola suspected patients at a holding facility escaped and residents looted the facility taking away mattresses and other materials used by the suspected Ebola patients.