Anti Violence protests in Libya

Collection with 10 media items created by Ibrahim El Mayet

03 Aug 2014 21:00

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Tripoli Protest
By Ibrahim El Mayet
01 Aug 2014

Protesters gathered in Tripoli's Central Marytrs Square on Friday afternoon to demonstrate against the rival militias battling for control of Tripoli's airport. Petrol stations in Tripoli have been empty for weeks meaning many people had to walk or cycle long distances to join the demonstration.

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Tripoli Protest
By Ibrahim El Mayet
01 Aug 2014

The protestors marched taking many laps of the square. In the foreground in a show of solidarity with Libya's East the banner reads, 'Benghazi you are not alone, we are the bandage for your wounds'. Next to him another protestor carries a banner saying 'No for Shield, Yes for Police & Army'. A reference to the Libya Shield a coalition of revolutionary militia brigades (mostly from Misurata) who rather than being forced to disband were given official status under Libya's Ministry of Defence while maintaining their revolutionary command structures.

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Tripoli Protest
By Ibrahim El Mayet
01 Aug 2014

Joining the protest carrying his two sons this father holds his family book (a registration document) which shows that he lives in Qasr Ben Ghashir a neighborhood close to Tripoli airport which has become a battleground as rival militias fight for control of the airport. Many civilians have been killed and injured and houses destroyed as militias continue indiscriminate shelling in residential areas. The boys sign simply asks, when can we go home?

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Tripoli Protest
By Ibrahim El Mayet
01 Aug 2014

As the protestors made their way around Martyrs Square they called out slogans against the militias, the most common 'la Misurata, la Zintan, Tarabules Tibi Alaman' (No Misurata, No Zintan Tripoli wants peace) refering to the main rivals in the current battle, militias from the city of Misurata and the mountain town of Zintan.

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Tripoli Protest
By Ibrahim El Mayet
02 Aug 2014

Tripolitanian protestors carried a large Libyan flag, a symbol of unity. Their faces all told of the pain and anger they feel as many are forced to watch helplessly while parts of the city are destroyed. Some of their chants mentioned Libya's second city Benghazi in the East, where fierce fighting between Islamist militias and forces led by a retired army genral is ongoing.

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Tripoli Protest
By Ibrahim El Mayet
01 Aug 2014

Joining the protest with their father these young Libyan's hold a banner saying 'We want Libya, we are staying, and we will secure it'

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Tripoli Protest
By Ibrahim El Mayet
01 Aug 2014

The protestors continue their chanting as they move around the square calling for an end to the militia occupation in Libya's capital city.

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Tripoli Protest
By Ibrahim El Mayet
02 Aug 2014

As the protest rounds the square the demonstrators face the walls of Tripoli's iconic 'Suraya Al Hamra' (Red Castle) the external walls of Tripoli's old city. In the foreground a man holds up a banner saying 'No Brigades, we need one army under one flag'.

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Tripoli Protest
By Ibrahim El Mayet
02 Aug 2014

Under one flag these protestors sing chants against the militias involved in the current conflict, primarily those from ZIntan who have controled Tripoli's airport since 2011, and those from Misurata who re-entered the city three weeks ago. The recent battles have destroyed Tripoli airport, set fire to fuel tanks containing millions of litres of petrol (at the main Tripoli storage depot) and destroyed residential areas. Hundreds of civilians have been killed and injured in the fighting. Many Tripoli residents question the motives of the warring sides and the claims by the Misurata militias that the purpose of their operation was to 'liberate' and 'protect' the captial.

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Tripoli Protest
By Ibrahim El Mayet
01 Aug 2014

United in their anger, Tripoli residents call for an end to the senseless violence and the presence of militias in the city.