By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 17 November 2013:
This afternoon’s session of Congress was postponed amid fears that the Congress Hall was about to . . .[restrict]be stormed by protesters.
Congress had planned to debate Amazigh demands for greater representation on the Constitutional Committee but had changed the subject to the events surrounding Friday’s Gharghour massacre, Congress spokesman Omar Hemaidan told the Libya Herald. However, discussions were brought to a halt when the Congress Security Office reported that there was a group of “angry people” outside demanding “punishment and justice” for those involved in the massacre.
The group were allowed into the building but caused no problems.
“The people who entered the Congress headquarter were very organized, as well they protested in a peaceful way” the National Forces Alliences member and Congresswoman Hajer Ghayed told this newspaper.
She said that they had demanded Congress sack the present administration and “form a crisis government”. They also wanted Congress members to state their opinions on what happened on Friday.
The demands further included an investigation into the massacre by the Minister of Defence and the Acting Minister of Interior. Moreover, Ghayed said, the protesters had stated that all Tripoli Congress members should boycott Congress until the demands were addressed. They insisted, she said, that all people involved in the tragedy be arrested and put on trial “whoever they are”.
Ghayed added that she did not think that there would be any meaningful investigation on what had happened because there was, she claimed, “a hidden force” which was much more stronger than the government and Congress that was manipulating events. [/restrict]