Monrovia, Liberia- In a society where anyone associated with drug use or a ghetto is highly criticized, drug users often feel ostracized. These stigmatization often push drug offenders into aligning themselves with known criminals, most often making them turn into criminals themselves. However, it seem like drug offenders have decided to take matters into their own hands.
Information reaching The Liberian Billboard says, over three thousand drug users from a little over thirty five ghettos around Liberia have planned to petition President George Weah for the purpose of committing themselves to making Liberia a drug free society, and informing the President that they deserve attention from the government and state actors.
The petition march which is being organized by the West Africa Network of CSOs on Substance Abuse , the Consolidated Youth for Peace and Development and the Association of Progressive Youth of Liberia is scheduled to be held on November 12, 2018.
Citing Article 17 of the Liberian Constitution, some disadvantaged youths said, it is their right to assemble peacefully, and like other Liberians, they have the right to voice the their concerns through a peaceful protest.
Protest organizers are calling on the government to open rehabilitation centers for disadvantaged youths in the country, and labeled the march as “Operation Restore Hope.” They said, the march is also intended to showcase disadvantage youths, calling them heroes.