Thursday, February 23, 2012

Libyans mark revolution day as NTC chief warns against instability

Libyans took to the streets on Friday to celebrate the first anniversary of the uprising that toppled Muammar Qaddafi, with fireworks and slogans, even as their new leader vowed to act firmly against further instability.

The former rebels who, backed by NATO, toppled Qaddafi last year set up fresh check-points in the capital Tripoli, Benghazi, the eastern birthplace of the uprising, the western port city of Misrata and other towns.

Flag-waving crowds converging on Martyrs Square in the capital Tripoli or Freedom Square in Benghazi, cradle of the revolt, had to negotiate extra checkpoints set up authorities to stop Gaddafi loyalists from disrupting festivities. Read More