Liberia Charges 23 Suspects for Palm-Oil Plantation Attack

Liberian authorities have charged 23 people in connection with violent protests and looting last week at a palm-oil plantation run by Golden Veroleum Ltd., police said.

A dispute over pay turned violent when protesters broke into the plantation on May 26, destroyed parts of the facility including vandalizing a rice warehouse, and stole equipment, according to the company and police. The demonstrators set up road blocks to prevent authorities from responding, wounded employees and temporarily held a manager captive.

The suspects are facing charges that include attempted murder, looting, aggravated assault and armed robbery, the police said in a statement from the capital, Monrovia, on Monday.

Singapore-based Golden Agri-Resources is the main investor in Golden Veroleum Liberia.

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