George Leah shuts Internet in Liberia

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Following an anti-government protest in Liberia, the country's Minister of Information, Eugene Nagbe has announced that social media platforms have been shut down temporarily because of "security concerns." Although some of the platforms has been restored, our correspondent gathered.

The protests were organized by a group called the Council of Patriots, which says it is a conglomeration of citizens, civil society activists, youth workers and major political parties.

Protesters presented a petition to delegates from the government of President George Weah, who has been in office for just over one year.

The document stated that Liberians are suffering "harsh economic conditions being caused and encouraged by bad governance, the deliberate and wanton collapse of integrity systems."

"We have come to say no to bad governance, abuse of power, corruption and creeping dictatorship," said Henry Costa, one of the leaders of the protesters, via a WhatsApp message to CNN.

Nagbe told CNN that Weah inherited a "dire economic situation," and accused the country's opposition of driving the protests.

"Mr. President is working to restore some of the issues that he inherited," he said. "The opposition is now using the streets to get what they didn't get at the ballot box."