Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tripoli: Law And Order Left To 'Vigilantes'

The collapse of Libya's old regime has left a power vacuum, as ordinary citizens, including lawyers, accountants and footballers, take up arms to protect their neighbourhoods.

His eyes hidden behind dark glasses, Muhannad leads us into the backstreet headquarters of his rebel group.

These are not just fighters who have taken up arms to overthrow Colonel Gaddafi - they are now running their community.

They show us around the building. Room after room has men carrying out assigned duties.

Two men sit behind a desk making identity cards.

In another we are shown stockpiles of food to be handed out to the community. more