MONROVIA – In a remarkable display of strength and determination, thousands of Liberians defied a torrential downpour on Sunday as they poured into the streets of Monrovia to support the opposition Unity Party (UP) during the launch of their campaign. Led by standard bearer Vice President Joseph Boakai, UP supporters flooded the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, overwhelming the venue and surpassing the turnout witnessed during the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) campaign launch. The enthusiastic crowd traveled from various parts of the capital, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to the party’s cause.
Despite the adverse weather conditions, Liberians from all walks of life flocked to the streets, clad in UP-branded attire and carrying placards with slogans denouncing corruption and calling for change. The heavy rain did little to dampen their spirits as they chanted slogans and sang songs of solidarity throughout their march. The sheer number of participants almost doubled the attendance recorded at the CDC’s campaign launch, underscoring the growing support for the opposition party.
Starting from different locations across the city, UP supporters converged on the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, creating an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation. As the stadium rapidly reached its capacity, many were left outside, unable to gain entry due to overcrowding. Nonetheless, their presence and unwavering support sent a clear message of dissatisfaction with the current administration and a desire for a new political landscape in Liberia.
Vice President Joseph Boakai, buoyed by the overwhelming show of support, addressed the crowd with a passionate speech, reiterating his party’s commitment to fighting corruption, improving governance, and uplifting the living standards of the Liberian people. He vowed to lead a government that prioritizes the welfare of its citizens and promotes transparency and accountability.
The launch of the UP campaign signifies a critical turning point in Liberia’s political landscape, as the opposition party seeks to challenge the ruling CDC and President George Weah’s leadership. The UP’s message of change and its promise to address corruption and improve the lives of ordinary Liberians have resonated with many disillusioned citizens, leading to an upsurge in support for the party.
The Liberian National Police ensured the safety and security of the event, maintaining a visible presence throughout the march and subsequent gathering at the stadium. Despite the massive turnout, the demonstration remained peaceful and well-organized, allowing participants to express their grievances and aspirations freely.
As the opposition Unity Party’s campaign tagged: the ‘Rescue Train’ gains momentum, it remains to be seen how this surge in support will translate into electoral success. However, Sunday’s display of unity and determination by thousands of Liberians sends a powerful message that the upcoming elections will be fiercely contested, with the electorate seeking change and a new direction for the nation.