Via allAfrica.com, a report from Heritage: Liberia: Ebola Protest Hits St. Paul Bridge Community.
Several officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) during the early morning hours of Sunday, August 3, 2014 fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in the St. Paul Bridge Community.
The St. Paul Bridge Community is located on the Bushrod Island, outside Monrovia.
The officers' action stemmed from a peaceful protest staged by the aggrieved residents.
Over 300 aggrieved residents of the community staged a protest by setting up road blocks at the major intersection, including the main road, demanding the Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Ebola Response Team at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to remove three (3) dead bodies from the community.
The incident led to the congestion of traffic and compelled many worshippers to either abandon their respective church services or trek long distances to attend worship services.
Several persons were arrested and detained in connection with the incident that lasted for about an hour.
Those arrested and detained were later released following the intervention of Montserrado County District # 13 Representative Saah Joseph.
According to the aggrieved residents, the dead bodies had been in the community for over four (4) days and that they were afraid to dispose of them because of Ebola fear.
The aggrieved residents said frantic efforts were made by several community dwellers to contact the MOH via telephone to remove the dead bodies, but the ministry did not respond to their call.
In an interview with this paper, the spokesperson of the aggrieved residents, Mr. Leibah Tulay, said the citizens had peacefully converged to draw the attention of central government regarding the delay over the removal of the dead bodies.
He said the dead bodies were decaying, and as a result, they posed serious harm to the community dwellers.
Mr. Tulay furthered that the community dwellers will continue to set road blocks whenever dead bodies in the community are not removed quickly.
The spokesperson of the aggrieved residents termed as "troubling" recent statements made by the Assistant Health Minister for Curative Services, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah.
It can be recalled that recently, Minister Nyenswah told a news conference that any case that arrives at a hospital or clinic should be treated by health workers as a "suspected Ebola case".
This, he justified, is intended for health workers to take precaution of the deadly virus.
He also warned citizens against "touching dead bodies."
But Mr. Tulay described the measures taken by authorities of the health ministry as "scaring", saying this could cause great harm to the citizens.
Meanwhile, the bodies were later removed by the Ebola Team of Rep. Saah Joseph and taken to an unknown destination.
The houses of the victims and other places were also disinfected by the team.
It's noteworthy that this Liberian politician appears to have his own Ebola Team.