Handicapped former rebels break into Libya's parliament
Disabled former rebels from the war that ousted late Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi broke into and vandalized the parliament building in Tripoli Tuesday, according to AFP sources.
MP Mohammed al-Khalil al-Zarruq told AFP that the protests came from Ajdabiya, a key site of major clashes during the 2011 war against Gaddafi. The protest coincides with the second anniversary of rebels' declared victory over the Gaddafi regime.
According to al-Zarruq, the protestors "got into the Congress chamber and smashed some fittings." The chamber was reportedly empty at the time of the break-in.
Tuesday's attack represents only the latest break-in to the parliament building where security breaches are starting to become a norm in the post-Gaddafi era.
Though the new interim government has dispatched security authorities to maintain order countrywide, rebels vying for power and territory throughout Libya have undermined the authorities' efforts, with some rebel groups still refusing to surrender their arms.
The government has recently attempted to provide some of the rebel militias with various levels of official recognition, but such efforts seem to have added more chaos to the disorder, with one rebel unit making illegal arrests without proper authority in Benghazi Monday.
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