Raw: Shots Fired in Liberian Shantytown


A teenage boy was injured during a tense standoff with security forces in a shantytown in Liberia's capital. Riot police and soldiers have attempted to seal off the shantytown as part of a government effort to contain the spread of Ebola. (Aug. 21)


Monrovia, Liberia - 20 Aug 2014



1. People walking on street corner towards nearby area where security forces in standoff with shantytown residents, AUDIO gunfire

2. Security forces officer walking down street, meets up with armed colleagues and all three move back from the scene

3. Camera moved towards street corner where security forces in standoff with shantytown residents, injured teenager seen on the floor in the distance

4. Injured teenager on his back on the ground near barbed wire by shantytown entrance, holding his badly broken leg in the air, other residents walk towards him, gesticulate to and taunt security forces and gathered media to come to the aid of the injured teenager ++GRAPHIC++

5. Shantytown residents carry injured teenager towards security forces, gesticulate to and taunt security forces AUDIO gunfire, camera pans up into the air and back to the scene as security forces march on to shantytown entrance ++GRAPHIC++


An uneasy calm prevailed in the West Point shantytown in Liberia's capital Monrovia on Thursday, a day after shots were fired as riot police and soldiers used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50-thousand people inside the area in a government attempt to contain the spread of Ebola.

Hundreds of residents took to the streets on Wednesday, furious at being blamed and isolated by a government that has failed to quickly collect dead bodies from the streets of the densely populated shantytown, which occupies a half-mile long peninsula in Liberia's seaside capital.

The situation turned violent when a local government representative returned to her home in the shantytown to get her family out.

The local residents were angry as they felt the commissioner was siding with the government to have the shantytown quarantined.

One teenage boy was injured trying to cross a barbed wire fence as security forces fired into the air to disperse the crowd.

A nationwide nighttime curfew imposed countrywide in Liberia on Wednesday night meanwhile appeared to have passed without major incident.

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