Libyan protesters slam activist killing

Libyan protesters stand amidst scattered documents after ransacking the offices of Muslim Brotherhood-backed Justice and Construction Party, in the Libyan capital Tripoli on July 27, 2013.

Libya has witnessed violent anti-Muslim Brotherhood protests following the killing of a Libyan activist in the volatile eastern city of Benghazi.

A large number of protesters gathered in the capital Tripoli and other major cities to demand the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood and a new constitution.

In Tripoli, angry protesters gathered at Martyrs Square chanting slogans against the Muslim brotherhood. Many others stormed the National Alliance and the Justice and Development Party building that is affiliated to the Brotherhood. Documents were thrown off the roof and furniture and surveillance cameras were destroyed.

The protesters also stormed the Brotherhood office in the city of Benghazi. The violent protests were sparked after Abdul-Salam al-Musmari a leading activist who was a Brotherhood critic was killed by gunmen in Benghazi on Friday.

Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, has seen a wave of violence in recent months. Benghazi is the cradle of the 2011 uprising which toppled the long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi. The city has been the scene of numerous attacks and assassinations since then.

Over the past months, eastern Libya has been hit by bombings and assassinations targeting judges as well as military and police officers who worked under ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

In February 2011, Libyans rose up against Gaddafiâ„¢s four-decade rule and deposed him in August 2011. He was slain in his hometown of Sirte on October 20 of the same year.


Republished from: Press TV