Third day of demonstrations in Libya, more violence and arrests of protesters
On Tuesday, the young people of Tripoli took to the streets for the third consecutive day. The speech of Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj did not help calm the spirits of the demonstrators, “today more than yesterday, less than tomorrow.” Despite the slogans of the Ministry of the Interior to protect the demonstrators, even yesterday, militias affiliated with the GNA opened fire on the demonstrators in the central Saraya, they also carried out multiple arrests among the organizers, after having failed to sabotage the sense of the protests.
The demonstrations arose spontaneously in response to corruption, foreign intervention, and unbearable living conditions for the Libyan citizen, even asking the government to quit. During his speech, Serraj did not provide any concrete answers to the questions of the young people, and above all, he did not question himself, speaking of reshuffling the Council of Ministers and long-term projects.
Fayez al- Serraj and the head of Parliament Aguila Saleh Issa previously issued statements containing points of agreement, but they did not take any action in the following hours. The Libyan people are exhausted by the continuing conflict, seeing their resources wasted in useless military campaigns in the struggle for power that has fueled fratricide, while living conditions and access to basic services are increasingly deteriorating.
All this, combined with the lack of security, the absence of law, and the constant visits of foreign officers engaged in the construction of military bases for both sides, have led many young people to choose to leave the country. Recently, the images of boats carrying Libyan boys and girls, who have chosen to cross the Mediterranean, towards the Italian coasts, have mounted indignation regardless of political affiliation.
All this confuses the voices of the Libyans and increases instability in the country, and the entire region. Europe, the Arab League, and the major countries involved in the Libyan dossier should insist on Russia and Turkey to withdraw their forces and allow Syrian mercenaries to return home safely, including putting pressure on the Bashar al-Assad regime.
Even in the east of the country, we are witnessing a systematic and dangerous repression of protests. A document leaked in the media of the Benghazi security agency reveals the order to monitor civil activists suspected of calling on young people to protest for their rights. General Khalifa Haftar also launched an unwarranted arrest campaign in the city of Sirte.
Those arrested are mainly supporters of the previous regime.On August 20 and 21, the green movement demonstrations took place regularly, but on tuesday residents denounce the arrest of several young people, including: Nasr Mohamed Belkacem Al-Zayani, Abdul Hadi Attia Al-Zayani, Gaddaf AddamEawaydat, Aseel Mohammed Zaid, Milad Salem Farhat, Ali Abdullah Saeed, Hamza Ali Al-Suwaidi, Hamza Badri Asbaa, Ali Gomaa Imran, Osama Hassan Al-Saadi, Majdi Hassan Al-Saadi.
Residents threatened General Khalifa Haftar to close the road connecting Sirte to southern Libya, also warning Imrajaa, the commander of the Tariq Bin Zayed Brigade, that his group is not welcome in Sirte. Some present reported a chase and a shooting inside the city, where a young man has been allegedly killed. According to the initiative of Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and President of Parliament Aguila Saleh, Sirte should be demilitarized and entrusted to a joint police force.
But today, we are assisting new clashes, and reinforcements arrive in the area.All this must immediately stop, thinking that one of the two sides can take power by force has already proved useless during a year of the siege of the capital Tripoli.