LIBERIA: Savage Hours

With executions by the sea

"I'll aim right for the head," declared a smiling Liberian soldier. Said another: "I hope I get the first shot." A third promised a foreign journalist: "Don't worry, we'll kill every one of them." On a beach in the capital of Monrovia, the new military rulers of Liberia last week executed 13 members of the civilian government of President William Tolbert, who had been killed in a coup d'état ten days earlier. Among the witnesses at the savage ceremony was TIME Nairobi Bureau Chief Jack White, who sent the following report on the first days of...

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