By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 31 May 2013:
At Wednesday’s press conference, Electricity Minister Ali Muhairig condemned strikes and public disobedience actions that affect . . .[restrict]sensitive public locations.
The Minister was referring to the recent attack and resultant power cut by armed militias on the Khoms power station in protest at the detention of their GNC representative Akram Al-Janin by Tripoli SSC.
This action against a public site comes after a series of actions since Libya’s liberation in 2011 against ports, oil refineries, oil fields, oil companies, hospitals, schools, the GNC, Ministries and the Prime Minister’s office.
Minister Muhairig pointed out that the local action of disruption of the power station at Khoms had affected power supply to all the south of Libya. He underscored that ultimately the power shortage had to be made up from other sources, thus affecting all of the country.
Muhairig, taking the role of his Prime Minister, who was happy to look on, appealed to the general public for more patriotism. But he also thanked the proactive residents of Khoms who did not wait for central authority to react, but confronted the trouble-makers and forced them out.
This showed their concern about their city and about their public property, the Minister pointed out.
Continuing a theme recently being pushed out by the government, Minister Muhairig again reaffirmed Libyans’ right to demonstrate, but not at the expense of others or the nation. Public property does not belong to anyone Libyan, but belongs to all Libyans, he added. [/restrict]