Gunmen break up peaceful protest in Libya
A number of protesters were detained after participating in a sit-in near the GNC. (AFP/File)
Click here to add Congress as an alert
Disable alert for Congress,
Click here to add Milad al-Arbi as an alert
Disable alert for Milad al-Arbi,
Click here to add Muammar Gaddafi as an alert
Disable alert for Muammar Gaddafi,
Click here to add National Congress as an alert
Disable alert for National Congress
Gunmen dispersed a sit-in protest outside Libya's interim parliament overnight, firing in the air and detaining demonstrators, witnesses said on Sunday.
"Armed men came firing in the air and they set fire to a tent set up by demonstrators" in front of the General National Congress (GNC), Libya's highest political authority, protester Milad al-Arbi said.
He said they detained a number of demonstrators during the incident on Saturday night but was unable to give a figure.
On Sunday, residents blocked roads in the area to demand the release of those held, an AFP photographer said.
According to demonstrators, the gunmen belonged to the Operations Cell of Libyan Revolutionaries, a former rebel group which operates under the command of the GNC.
The Congress, elected after the 2011 revolution which ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has stirred popular anger by extending its mandate, which was due to expire in early February, until the end of December.
Under pressure from demonstrators, the GNC has announced that early elections will be held but without setting a date.
- MPs' clash with Libyan protestors plunges Tripoli into further turmoil
- Handicapped former rebels break into Libya's parliament
- West is biased in its checkered responses to protests in the Mideast region
- Saleh sneaks a slaughtering in while all eyes on Libya
- Pro-Chechen Turk Gunmen Face up to 26 Years Jail