Continued Unrest in Libya
On Sunday afternoon, over 200 gunmen surrounded the Foreign Ministry in Tripoli, Libya to “push demands that officials who had worked for deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi’s government be banned from senior positions in the new administration.” The group arrived in over 30 trucks, many of which carried anti-aircraft guns, and blocked the roads around the building. Armed men also stormed the Interior Ministry building, which oversees the police, and the main state-run al-Wataniya television station. It is still unknown whether or not these movements were coordinated.
It has been two years since the country’s civil war removed Muammar Gaddafi from power, and these men are arguing that members of Gaddafi’s staff are still holding senior positions in the ministry, which they believe is unfair. Through their actions on Sunday, they are hoping to convince the state to instead hire rebels who fought to help overthrow the old regime for these jobs.