1000’s of Libyans mark eight years since rebellion

TRIPOLI (AFP) – 1000’s of Libyans took the streets on Sunday to mark eight years because the rebellion that ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi, regardless of continual political and safety crises.

Waving flags and sporting the nation’s nationwide colors of purple, black and inexperienced, marchers poured into Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Sq., the place the late autocrat as soon as gave speeches, to proceed celebrations kicked off the day earlier than.

The day’s festivities had been crammed with fireworks, concert events and music blasted from loudspeakers.

In Benghazi, Libya’s second largest metropolis and the “cradle of the revolution”, celebrations had been dimmer.

Only some dozen folks gathered on the Benghazi court docket sq. the place the primary anti-Kadhafi demonstrations started.

As soon as a logo of the rebellion, it now lies in ruins, bearing the scars of a struggle in opposition to militants launched in 2014.

“This revolution was born within the streets and squares, carried by the youth… however some are attempting to steal the goals and needs of our folks for a dignified life,” mentioned 32-year-old Benghazi resident Mohamad al-Agouri.

Libya has been mired in energy struggles because the 2011 NATO-backed rebellion, with militias and tribes vying for management of the nation’s assets.

The oil-rich nation is torn between rival administrations, with the UN-backed Authorities of Nationwide Accord based mostly in Tripoli and a parallel physique within the east backed by strongman Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled Libyan Nationwide Military. Fundamental public companies are wanting and continued violence and divisions are fuelling uncertainty and desperation, particularly among the many nation’s youth.

“I’m impatiently ready to see Libya stabilise and to have the ability to dwell in peace,” pharmacist Abdelhamid al-Maghrabi informed AFP.

“We’ve had sufficient of wars, massacres and destruction,” mentioned the daddy of 4.

Fireworks burst above the Martyrs’ Sq. as Libyans attend a celebration marking the eighth anniversary of the rebellion within the capital Tripoli. – AFP