Liberia: Rights Activist ‘Collapses’ During Hunger Strike Protest in Demand for Pres. Weah’s Asset Declaration
Monrovia – Activist Archie Ponpon, on the third day of his hunger strike, on Friday had to be rushed to hospital by an ambulance of the Liberia National Police (LNP) Friday, April 6, when he started convulsing. He is carrying on his strike right before the US Embassy in Monrovia.
Report by J. H. Webster Clayeh, [email protected]
He thinks that his peaceful protest will force President George Manneh Weah and his Cabinet Ministers to declare their assets.
Asset declaration for a selected group of officials of government, including the President, is enshrined in the law.
After complaining about pains caused by dehydration, Archie had to seek for rescue.
At first, a friend of his tried to call on an ambulance from West Point but through the help of a local radio station, Okay FM’s reporter Julius Jeh and other bystanders’ live video on the social media, the Liberia National Police came to his rescue.
At first nurses with the Liberia National Police were reluctant in carrying him to the hospital without any family member present.
Ponpon, however, painfully called out one of his relatives number to one of the nurses.
After the nurse placed the call, Ponpon was placed in the ambulance and was taken to the hospital.
However, FrontPage Africa newspaper was unable to know his condition at JFK hospital where he was reportedly taken.