Tripoli, 2 February 2013:
More than fourteen hundred checkpoints are to be set up in Tripoli between 10 and 22 February according to the Interior Ministry.
The move is in response to concerns there could be violence around the time of the second anniversary of the 17 February Revolution.
Cyrenaican federalists have called for mass protests on 15 February to “correct the course of the revolution” and there are fears that, across the country, Qaddafi sympathisers and militants will try to use the occasion to set off bombs and launch attacks on the government and General National Congress.
According to the Ministry’s Facebook page, there will be 1,434 checkpoints in the capital operating between 10 February and 22 February. There will also be 640 mobile units patrolling the streets, including 50 armoured units.
There are a number of ad hoc checkpoints most days in Tripoli and several more at night, but these have noticeably increased in recent days.
Additionally, CCTV cameras installed during the Qaddafi regime are being repaired in a number of locations across the city, starting in the west in Janzour and Ghut Al-Shaal.
The police have also announced they will stop and arrest any vehicle with tinted windows or without registration plates.