By Houda Mzioudet and Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 13 November 2013:
A gathering of Tripoli locals is calling upon Tripoli residents to assemble after Friday . . .[restrict]prayer on 15 November in Abu Harida Square in front of Al Quds Mosque in central Tripoli to protest peacefully against armed groups present in the capital.
The protesters plan to head to the headquarters of armed groups in a peaceful and civilized manner to demand the implementation of GNC Law 27 (2013), which stipulates that all armed groups vacate Tripoli, LANA reports.
They will also be demanding the activation of the legitimacy of the state, represented by the official Libyan army and police.
Tripoli residents and locals had denounced last Thursday’s violent clashes between a group of thuwar (ex-fighters) from Suq il Juma and Misrata.
The clashes, on the central seafront strip of the capital, went on for over three hours and briefly, creating chaos and fear to local residence, resulting in two deaths and 29 injuries to the thuwar.
It will be recalled that Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, during his press conference on Sunday, called upon “Women, children, men and even old people should support the government and go to the oil ports and terminals to liberate them from the criminals and protects their only sustenance”.
Zeidan had felt that armed groups were unlikely to shoot at unarmed civilians.
It will be interesting to see if the general public do respond to Zeidan’s call in large numbers and do face-off with the armed groups. [/restrict]