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Liberia Elections: 3 Confirmed Dead As Opposition Clash With Police

What started as a mere stand off between supporters of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) degenerated into serious rioting between members of the CDC and Liberia National Police (LNP) with at least three perons confirmed dead by AEP reporters and many sustaining injuries some from gunshots from the police.

According to AEP reporter stationed at the CDC headquarters, the rioting broke out after CDC supporters spilled onto the Tubman Boulevard infront of their party head headquarters in an effort to embark on what they called a "peaceful march" through the streets of Monrovia to hand their petition to the American Ambassador in Liberia and then to the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) about their unresolved grievances in the first round of elections which they claim was full of irregularities.

The LNP with support from the UN prevented them (CDC) from their march and set up a road block very close to the entrance of the President's house on the Tubman Boulevard. This resulted in stone throwing from a section of the CDC crowd and the police responded in firing live ammunition into the crowd. "As long as they have not obtained permission from the Ministry of Justice the police will not allow them," said police spokesperson George Badoo.

The police managed to disperse them by firing tear gas into the crowd. The street infront of the CDC headquarters is littered with empty tear gas shells as traffic is now open to the general public and some form order being restored.

Liberians are expected to go to the polls tomorrow 8th November to elect a new leader for the next six years amidst a boycott by the main rival to the incumbent president. The atmosphere in the capital city Monrovia is very tense as many citizens do not know what to expect tomorrow. The CDC supporters say they will not allow the elections to go on peacefully and Lybia will happen in Liberia tomorrow. "If they wont let us have peace will also give them hell tomorrow" says Justin Jallah, a CDC member.  

This is the first election to be administered primarily by the National Elections Commission and the first to be held under Liberia's 1986 constitution.
The election is being considered as a chance for Liberia to depeen its fragile democracy after many years of civil wars.

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