The residents of the West Point Community in Liberia have thrown rocks at vehicles of the area’s commissioner as they vented strong opposition to a decision by the government to put the area in isolation and restrict movements. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Wednesday announcement isolating the community and Dolo Town as epicenters of the disease angered residents who last weekend ransacked an Ebola isolation center established in the community and chased away suspected patients who were undergoing treatment there.
The latest confrontation between the community residents and armed state security started when the soldiers decided to move the Commissioner of the township to another location.
According to eyewitnesses, the residents, mainly youths, maintained that if the community is to be isolated, all residents should stay put and began throwing stones as the commissioner and her children were being bundled into a waiting vehicle.
Reports said armed officers from the Protective Security Unit of the Liberia National Police who had earlier been deployed there to enforce the isolation opened fire as the youths surged towards the vehicle.
Unconfirmed eyewitness reports said three people were shot, one of them a youth was wounded in the leg and had his photo posted on Facebook.
At the same time, thousands of business people who have been displaced as a result of the isolation of the Waterside Market in central Monrovia, were Wednesday seen near checkpoints mounted by soldiers to prevent entry into the market area.
President Sirleaf decided to isolate the market due to its proximity to West Point.
The marketers who depend on income generated from their businesses to support their families, looked dejected.
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