By Libya Herald staff.
Benghazi, 20 February 2015:
Demonstrators in Benghazi’s Kish Square today demanded the House of Representatives (HoR) in Tobruk appoint . . .[restrict]a military council headed by Khalifa Hafter. They also said it should sack the government of Abdullah Al-Thinni and list the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation.
They further called on it to reject the UN’s attempts at dialogue in the country.
If it did not agree to their demands, the demonstrators, in bitter mood after the Guba bombings, said they would topple the HoR.
At least 500 locals turned out for what was called a “Friday of support for the Libyan army”. Among other demands were that the international community lift the arms embargo on Libya and the formation of an Arab military coalition to support the Libyan army in the fight against terrorism. However, they also stated they did not want foreign or Arab troops on the ground in Libya.
Much of the anger at the Libya’s spiralling security crisis was directed at foreign governments. They demanded Libya break diplomatic relations with Qatar and Turkey whom they accused of supporting terrorism in Libya. They also burned American and British flags and called for the two countries’ ambassadors to be removed. “They are against terrorism by words, but support it by actions,” demonstrators claimed.
Twitter accounts relating to Libya have also been full of anti-US and anti-UK comments today.
Meanwhile in Tobruk, where there were angry demonstrations yesterday and the day before over the security situation, there are growing fears that it could be the next target for the terrorists. The town is now in a state of alert with security substantially increased at the Hariga oil terminal and the cooking gas distribution plant. [/restrict]