By Libya Herald reporters.
Benghazi, 21 September 2015:
There have been relatively small but extremely angry demonstrations in Benghazi at UNSMIL’s condemnation yesterday . . .[restrict]of the army’s attack on IS and Ansar Al-Sharia positions in the city.
Placards pictured UNSMIL boss Bernardino Leon as a bearded IS fighter clutching a Kalashnikov and portrayed him with the devil’s horns on his head. This latter montage was strikingly similar to that waved by Libya Dawn supporters in Tripoli’s Martyrs Square earlier this summer, when Leon was deemed to be supporting the government in Beida.
One demonstrator is reported to have asked why, if the UN had declared Ansar a terrorist organisation and US warplanes were leading airstrikes against IS in Iraq and Syria, the Libyan army should be censured by UNSMIL for attacking the terrorist in Benghazi. Such attacks could not threaten the UNSMIL peace process, as the organisation claimed. [/restrict]