Authorities in Liberia have blocked the internet, which is perceived to be a move to suppress ongoing anti-government protests in the capital, Monrovia.
Netblocks, an organization that monitors internet disruptions and shutdowns, confirmed the shutdown on Friday afternoon, saying access to social networking platforms Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Snapchat had been restricted.
‘‘The disruptions affecting the ordinary operation of the social media platforms have raised concerns of a state order to restrict the Save The State protests in Liberian capital Monrovia,’‘ NetBlocks said in its statement.
Organizers of the Save The State protests have mobilized thousands of Liberians to demonstrate against the country's high rates of inflation and corruption.
The protests are likely to be a critical test for President George Weah, who campaigned over the same issues in his ascent to president, about 18 months ago.
The protesters are bracing for a possible violent showdown with security forces or prolonged disruption.
The protests coalition calling itself the Council of Patriots, comprises politicians, professionals, students, and ordinary members of the public.
George Weah, in power, since January 2018 is struggling to revive a country that is one of the poorest in the world.
He insists he is aware of the burden of ordinary people, and improvement to health, education, and roads remain his priorities.