Demonstrators Sick of Militias Meddling in Local Affairs
Hundreds of protesters gathered today in the Libyan capital city of Tripoli, calling for the new NTC-led government to do something about the large numbers of rebel militia members roaming the streets and camping out in the city.
The protesters included a number of members of the Tripoli police, who said the rebels regularly used their influence to press local police to release members of their factions who have been arrested.
“We want the rebels from outside Tripoli to go,” one protester declared, and protesters added that the factions from Misrata and Zintan are of particular concern. One Misrata rebel, discussing the protests, blamed the problem on “Gadhafi’s fifth column.”
Yet the rebel factions are not only trying to enforce their will on the public, but are fighting amongst themselves, with bloody turf battles breaking out in Tripoli on a fairly regular basis, as the various militias hope to carve out key portions of the city for themselves.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Russia Warns of Nuclear Arms Race as Missile Defense Talks Deadlock - December 7th, 2011
- Egypt Junta Condemns Incoming Parliament - December 7th, 2011
- US: Assad Either Disconnected or Crazy - December 7th, 2011
- ‘Price Tag’ Attack: West Bank Mosque Set on Fire - December 7th, 2011
- Yemen Announces New Unity Govt., But What Happens to Saleh? - December 7th, 2011
- The Burning of The Devil on December 7Th 2011 Antigua Guatemala (socyberty.com)
- Fill Your Stockings with Stock Tax-Savings for December 7th, 2011 (kislaktaxandnotary.wordpress.com)
- Cool Websites and Tools [December 7th 2011] (makeuseof.com)
- Pictures of- 2011 – Day 7 – December 7th (metaphysicaltramp.wordpress.com)
- Food For Thought For Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 (sanjaysabarwal.com)
- Advent Thoughts for December 7th (2011) (jimkane.wordpress.com)
- Day 4 – A letter to Bonnie’s crush/current significant other. (themlosers.wordpress.com)
- Tripoli militia face expulsion (iol.co.za)