Curfew as 90 Liberia inmates escape during protests

Africa

Liberia’s President George Weah has imposed a night curfew on the coastal country of Maryland following several days of violent demonstrations involving tens of thousands of mostly female protesters.

At least 90 minutes on Wednesday escaped from a prison during the protests in Harper City, near the border with Ivory Coast.

Police spokesman Moses Carter said the demonstrators broke into the country’s prison compound in search of an alleged killer of a motorcyclist, resulting in the jailbreak.

He said the rioter also set fire to the home of the speaker of the house of representatives, who hails from the region.

Police struggled to contain the protests because as many as 20,000 and 30,000 were involved, added the spokesperson.

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