By Libya Herald staff.
Benghazi, 2 October 2014:
The Grand Mufti has called on Libya Dawn in Tripoli and revolutionaries in Benghazi and . . .[restrict]Sebha to unite and impose law and order throughout the country by force. It was needed, he said, to protect people and institutions from those whom he called vandals, thieves and crisis makers.
These “outlaws”, Sheikh Sadik Al-Ghairani said, had to be smashed “with an iron fist”, arrested and made to pay for their injustice.
The role of the revolutionaries was to protect people’s property from arson, looting and vandalism, he declared.
Moreover, no one, Ghariani added in his latest fatwa, had the right to disrupt vital public services or the country’s utilities, such as the electricity supply, or oil fields, ports or the health services. No one had the right to claim they were doing so in order to obtain employment or to improve their situation.
Protestors believed to be from Ajdabiya, are currently blockading the Abu Tifl oilfield south east of Jalu and run operated by Eni, demanding jobs. However, it is not clear that the Grand Mufti’s condemnation is directly primarily at them. Similar scathing comment in recent weeks have been directed primarily at Operation Dignity in Benghazi, Zintani and other forces ranged against Libya Dawn, the House of Representatives, and groups supporting it.
Also, when the Grand Mufti has spoken previously about revolutionaries in Benghazi, he has made it clear he has been referring to the members of the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shoura Council, the umbrella organisation including Ansar Al-Sharia and other Islamist groups. [/restrict]