Today’s Holiday: Liberia National Redemption Day

Today’s Holiday:
Liberia National Redemption Day

On April 12, 1980, 13 soldiers stormed Liberia’s executive mansion, killing William R. Tolbert and 26 other government leaders. The soldiers were led by Samuel Kanyon Doe, who immediately set up a military regime called the People’s Redemption Council. He also declared April 12 National Redemption Day. His rule, however, was not the welcome change that many anticipated, and for Doe’s opponents, National Redemption Day was a time to memorialize the many individuals who were killed in 1980. Today, many Liberians observe the anniversary by remembering the slain. More…:

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