By Ashraf Abdul-Wahab.
Tripoli, 29 March 2014:
Protesters from the Tripoli suburbs of Suq Al-Juma and Tajoura . . .[restrict]this afternoon closed the main road out of Tajoura heading into Tripoli following the abduction of a local family of six while travelling through the Warshefana area. They were on their way back from a visit to Tunisia.
Protesters denounced the abduction as a violation of the recent peace deal between Suq Al-Juma and the Warshefana and Tuesday’s exchange of prisoners between the two.
They accused Warshafana leaders and elders of harbouring criminals and of preventing the authorities using force against them under the pretence of preventing bloodshed. The elders had to stop playing the role of mediator between the two sides, they said. Revolutionaries should launch an assault on the area and bring the criminals to justice.
In January, an attempt to do just that was a bloody failure, leaving many dead on both sides.
Road closures can be a regular inconvenience in Tripoli.
This evening one of the main arteries in central Tripoli, Triq Al-Siqqa (“Railway Road”) was blocked by burning tyres. It transpired there was nothing more serious than two local wedding parties that decided they wanted the road for their own private use. [/restrict]